Centre is helping folk get on track to better health

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Plans for a £414,000 upgrade of a council-run fitness centre have been approved by councillors.

Blackpool’s executive committee unanimously backed the proposals which will see a substantial remodelling of the Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre in Bispham.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for leisure on Blackpool Council, told the meeting the scheme represented an investment in people’s health and wellbeing.

He said: “The proposal is all about tailoring our leisure centres to meet people’s need.

“We have carried out extensive research and it is proving to be a real success story with what we have achieved at Moor Park.

“It is being utilised for health and fitness and we are really pleased we are extending our facilities there.

“We are putting investment into improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Blackpool.”

Coun Kath Rowson, whose Ingthorpe ward includes the centre, also welcomed the investment.

She said: “I am delighted we are doing this because Moor Park is a very busy centre, and it is excellent news that there are going to be more facilities.”

The council is proposing to increase the number of exercise machines from the current 44 to 65, while an additional strength training area will also be provided to improve the range of free weights available.

A ‘Feelgood Factory’ designed for people who require an introduction to physical activity will also be created.

The changes will be accommodated by reconfiguring the existing sports hall.