Fleming Park Leisure Centre due for ‘revamp’?

Fleming Park Leisure Centre

Time for another revamp?

Eastleigh Councillors are being asked to approve a study into options for improving facilities at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh.

The Leisure Centre currently attracts in excess of £1.2million visits a year, including 257,000 swims, but its over 35 years old and in need of refurbishment and modernisation.

At its meeting on 17 July, the Council’s Cabinet will be asked to agree to an audit of the current facilities at the leisure centre together with the development of detailed options and costs for improving them.

Options likely to be considered range from carrying out essential works needed to keep the centre operational to a complete rebuild of the existing facility.  The cost of any development would be met through increased income from improved sports and leisure facilities and contributions from partners.

Council Leader, Councillor Keith House said:

“Fleming Park Leisure Centre is extremely popular and well-used but is showing its age.  We want to bring it into the 21st century so we can provide a wide range of high-quality activities and events for local people, and increase participation in sports and active lifestyles.”

“Our aim would be to re-launch a new look Fleming Park, within four years, ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.”

 Does the Leisure Centre need updating? What do you think?

  4 comments for “Fleming Park Leisure Centre due for ‘revamp’?

  1. Stephen Slominski
    July 10, 2012 at 12:53 am

    “but its over 35 years old and in need of refurbishment and modernisation”

    Hang on a minute, over £2 million was spent on “refurbishing and modernising” it between 2002 -2005.

    £400k in 2002, £630k in 2004 and £1 million in 2005.

    Even more worrying is the suggestion that they might actually pull the whole lot down.

    Last year £185k was spent on fitting solar panels on the roof as part of a 25 year deal.

    Goodness knows how much was spent on repairs to strengthen the gym floor in December and the entire gym has just had all its Cardio equipment replaced with new state of the art gear.

    I’m not sure I understand why the mere fact a building is 35 years old is sufficient reason to demolish it.

    This argument has also been applied to the Civic Offices and Sainsbury’s.

    These buildings are 30 odd-years old and therefore, it seems, aren’t worth updating and must be demolished (although strangely, Eastleigh House seems exempt.)

    My house is 100 years old..it looks outdated and is need of improvement but is still fit for purpose.

    This mania for knocking down perfectly good existing buildings and then reconstructing them is definitely another example of QE fueled civic malinvestment IMO (the Rose Bowl being the epitome.)

    Another interesting angle is how developers contributions are always portrayed as not being tax payers money…as if you are getting all these ‘improvements’ as a ‘freebie’.

    I always ask myself who is deriving the greatest benefit from these contracts? Is it the taxpayer or the contractor?

    If Mr House really wants to “increase participation in sports and active lifestyles” perhaps he could divert developers contributions into subsidising leisure centre membership so more townsfolk can afford to use it.

  2. July 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Why on earth are the Olympics in Rio a deadline? Most people are thoroughly fed up with the Olympics in London (cost, inconvenience etc) and won’t give a toss about games in South America.

    Could Mr House share on this page the sports he partakes in his active lifestyle? Oh, sorry, he’s probably just planning his next holiday to Brazil.

  3. Connor Harvey
    July 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

    About time! Just canceld my membership for the 2nd time due to the facilities being out dated and expensive.

    • Stephen Slominski
      July 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

      The swimming pool changing facilities are basic and looking a bit grubby I grant you – but I don’t think this warrants flattening the building.
      Any loss of facility during the renovation period and I’ll be cancelling my membership.

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