Gym plans marked for go ahead

Thornton Leisure Centre artists impression
Thornton Leisure Centre artists impression
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Multi-million pound plans to revamp two Wyre leisure centres are set to be approved by councillors.

The £5m improvements to Thornton Cleveleys Sports Centre and Poulton Leisure Centre would see the gyms and changing rooms extended at both sites, while a ten-pin bowling attraction could be built at Thornton.

Plans are also in place to improve fitness and dance facilities and construct two five-a-side artificial pitches at Thornton, plus a spa at Poulton and additional 
studio space.

Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, said: “The planning application has to go through the normal process, but the investment will mean that not only will the facilities be more modern, they will be extended to attract more people into the leisure centres.

“This can only improve the foot fall in the facilities and the subsidy for the council tax payer to keep theses facilities running is reduced.”

An extensive consultation period carried out for customers and resident in November received positive feedback.

If the plans, to be funded by the council, are approved, construction at the YMCA run centres will begin in March and the council expect the work to be completed in the autumn.

Disruption will be kept to a minimum by phasing work in and around the day-to-day running of the centres.