£7.4m plan for leisure centres

YMCA Thornton and (below) Coun Lynne Bowen

YMCA Thornton and (below) Coun Lynne Bowen

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WYRE councillors are set to discuss plans to invest £7.4m in improving the borough’s leisure centres.

Members of the cabinet are due to consider the proposals at a meeting on September 12.

Coun Lynne Bowen

Coun Lynne Bowen

If the proposals are approved, three leisure centres are set to benefit.

Thornton Leisure Centre could receive £3.4m to create an extreme sports facility for young people and upgrade fitness and dance facilities while £1.7m is earmarked for Poulton Leisure Centre to develop a top quality spa facility with additional studio space for the community to use.

Garstang Leisure Centre could be given £2.3m to upgrade the centre and integrate a new swimming pool.

Coun Lynne Bowen, cabinet member with responsibility for sport and leisure at Wyre Council, said: “Despite reports to the contrary, none of Wyre’s leisure centres are going to close. We’ve said all along that this is not a cost-cutting exercise, it’s about exploring the best ways to deliver a high quality, cost efficient service that meets the needs of our communities.

“We’ve done extensive work to ensure that the proposals we put forward for the future will not only improve facilities for residents of Wyre, but will provide better value for money too.

“We recognise the need to spend in order to save in the long run.”

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