Caerphilly £10.5m Leisure Centre Plan Gets Council Backing
A new £10.5m leisure centre is set to be built in Caerphilly after Councillors agreed to the development in principle. The current leisure centre, near Virginia Park, will be replaced as part of the redevelopment of the former St Ilan School site. The new centre would form part of a new Welsh-medium school on the site of the former St Ilan School. Caerphilly Council's cabinet backed the plans at a meeting and a report has been ordered into the funding options.
Plans for the new centre include a swimming pool, an all-weather surface, a running track and tennis courts or a multi-use games area. The cost of the new leisure centre, plus associated outdoor facilities, is estimated at around £10.5m. The council plans to draw £3m of that from funding already in place for the new school, subject to Welsh Government approval, and the remaining £7.5m through borrowing. The new leisure centre could be open by 2015.
Cllr David Poole, council cabinet member for community and leisure services, said "I fully welcome the proposals to provide the Caerphilly basin with a brand new, modern and fully equipped leisure centre. With this facility we can continue our commitment to ensuring all residents of the county borough have the opportunity to access the best amenities possible so that they can lead healthy and active lives."
Cllr Harry Andrews, Leader of the council said he welcomed the plans for a new centre, which would have a swimming pool, running track, tennis courts and multi-use games areas. He said “The provision of leisure facilities plays a key role in helping to promote the importance of health and well-being, and as a council we are fully committed to making investments in this important area.”