Kirkby's new leisure centre ‘will be something to behold’ as opening date edges closer

Residents of Kirkby are invited to come and take a look at the progress so far at the town’s new leisure centre which has undergone a £15.5 million construction.

Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 11:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 12:27 pm

Located between Lindleys Lane and the current Festival Hall Leisure Centre, work started on the site in December 2020.

Paralympic champion Ollie Hynd has been an advocate for the project since plans were first put forward and is especially excited about the swimming facilities coming to his hometown.

He said: “With quality pools available in Hucknall and Sutton, it’s brilliant that we’re now going to have excellent swimming facilities available for everyone in my hometown of Kirkby.

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Coun Rachel Madden, cabinet member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, Coun Arnie Hankin, chairman of Ashfield District Council, Coun Jason Zadrozny, leader of Ashfield District Council, and Theresa Hodgkinson, CEO of Ashfield District Council.

"Even if it’s not swimming the plans provide an activity for everyone so this really will be a hub for all the community. I’m very proud of what I have achieved in my sport and I’m sure having a leisure centre like this will bring through the next generation of world champion athletes from Ashfield.”

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‘Something to behold’

Coun Jason Zadrozny, Ashfield Council leader, said: “This centre really will be something to behold. We have left no stone unturned in our planning and execution of this project and that will show when it opens next year.

“Working with our partners at Everyone Active and Kier Group, this will become the community hub that Kirkby deserves.

"The facility mix we’ve pulled together will provide something for everyone. Whether it’s swimming, climbing, hitting the gym, or even just stopping in for a cup of coffee, the centre will attract faces new and old from all kinds of backgrounds.”

The council has consulted with residents throughout the project and peopleare invited to come and have a look at the latest interior images and talk to officers on Wednesday, September 22. Project officers will be at Festival Hall from noon-1pm and 5-6pm.

Coun Rachel Madden, council cabinet member for leisure, health and wellbeing, said: “This project is something that the people of Ashfield have been long-promised and the council is proud to finally be delivering it for residents.”

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