Diss leisure centre upgrades to pave way for new facility in future

Diss Swim and Fitness Centre
Diss Swim and Fitness Centre

A £150,000 refurbishment programme coming to the leisure centre in Diss this spring is set to pave the way for a new state-of-the-art facility planned for the town in the next few years.

Details of improvement works at Diss Swim and Fitness Centre, situated off the A1066 Victoria Road, were announced on Monday as part of South Norfolk Council’s £4.15 million initiative that will also see enhancements come to the leisure centres in Long Stratton and Wymondham.

The refurbishments at the Diss centre, which will focus on the reception and changing rooms, will take place over six weeks from mid-March to late April, during which time the facility will close.

Councillor David Bills, South Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for innovation and efficiency, said: “It’s one of the biggest investments we have made in a long time.

“A lot of the facilities are getting a bit tired, so we have a plan to upgrade not only the facilities that are there but also the products we can offer.

“I think when people see what the end result will be, they will be more than happy to go along with what we have to do.”

The council confirmed it had a long-term aspiration to deliver a completely new multi-million pound leisure centre in Diss, in light of studies showing demand for such a facility and the constraints at the current centre preventing any major extension.

Potential sites suggested for this future facility include an area adjacent to Diss High School in Walcot Rise, but councillors said no further details would be ironed out until they had fully explored the available funding opportunities.

However, Cllr Bills indicated it would be influenced by the blueprint of Wymondham leisure centre, which is receiving £3 million worth of improvements, including a new spa, café, play area and gym expansion, between June 2015 and early 2016.

At the leisure centre in Long Stratton, enhancements to the gym, sports hall and changing rooms, totalling £1 million, will be put in place starting in summer 2016.

In addition to this, a new management information system is being launched, to allow leisure members to book and pay for activities online.