South Norfolk leisure centres to be enhanced

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Swim and Fitness Centre

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Swim and Fitness Centre

Plans to enhance three south Norfolk leisure facilities have been set out by South Norfolk Council.

Wymondham Leisure Centre, Long Stratton Leisure Centre and Diss Swim and Fitness Centre are to benefit from the improvements.

Plans have been agreed to modernise the existing facilities with new changing rooms and showers, updating fitness equipment, improving booking options and the introduction of online booking. The cabinet approved the release of £1,021,000 from the approved capital programme for the enhancement work at Diss and Wymondham.

It is proposed the work is carried out in three phases to improve the leisure centres - with the plans to modernise Wymondham and Diss facilities comprising stage one.

The swimming pool at Diss Swim and Fitness Centre is also to undergo essential repairs, meaning the pool will be closed to the public between Friday, January 3 and Monday, January 20.

David Bills, cabinet member for Innovation and Efficiency, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the closure. But I am sure you will understand that this work is necessary and the results should provide an improved swimming experience for all.

“We want our leisure centres to be community focused and deliver an excellent customer service with modern facilities and new and exciting opportunities for our residents to get active and be healthy.”

At a cabinet meeting on September 23, the strategic direction for the leisure service had been approved in principle. Reducing the subsidy of the service and improving the health and wellbeing of residents being the key priority.

The proposed work for phase two would see Diss get its own stand-alone fitness facility due to space constraints at the current centre, and a cafeteria in the existing swim and fitness facility if approved. Phase three comprises improvements at the Long Stratton facility, which could include a new play area.

A further report is to be produced before phases two and three are approved.




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