£1.4million facelift for ageing leisure centre

PUBLISHED: 10:52 15 April 2014

Exmouth Leisure Centre

Exmouth Leisure Centre

Archant

The first part of what could be a two-phase multi-million-pound refit of Exmouth’s ageing leisure centre, is set to begin in October.

LED Leisure Management Ltd is putting the final touches to stage one, a £1.4million scheme to convert half the current sports hall and two of four squash courts into a ground-floor gym, double the capacity of the existing gym, writes Dave Beasley.

However, half of the space currently used for activities like badminton will be lost; and five-a-side football will have to move elsewhere.

The proposals include the creation of a new internal floor, increasing capacity without increasing the size of the existing building.

A new exercise studio will be created on this floor, above the squash courts, and an indoor climbing wall will be added towards the front of the centre.

LED chief executive Peter Gilpin said: “We are adding more than 150 square metres of activity floor space.

“This will more than double our health and fitness capacity at the centre, enable us to maintain provision for racquet sports and also help us to add new activities to extend our customer base.

“By increasing our customer numbers, we will also be able to reduce LED’s reliance on an operating subsidy from East Devon District Council.”

The aim is for the increasing revenue to pave the way for ‘phase two’ - the refurbishment of the swimming pool changing rooms into a modern, family changing ‘village’.

But this is dependent on a securing external funding.

He added: “We have consulted with the users, and we are keen to ensure that we do our best to meet their future needs.

“In particular, we are looking to accommodate our badminton players by re-programming the remaining two badminton courts.

“The two glass backed squash courts will remain.”

The work should be finished by next summer, and during this period many current activities could be temporally moved to either Exmouth Community College or Withycombe Tennis Centre.

Councillor Andrew Moulding, chairman of Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, said: “I’m pleased that changes that will benefit all users of the sports centre are now moving closer to being delivered.

“Improvements to the sports centre are mentioned in our Exmouth Masterplan document…

“I’m hopeful that the works will not cause too much inconvenience and that alternative arrangements can be made for any sports that are affected by the reconfiguring of the internal layout.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 22:57

Crews from across East Devon tackle flames - with property said to be ‘fully engulfed’

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

Marks and Spencer’s Foodhall in Exmouth is to welcome customers for the first time tomorrow and the Journal will be there for the grand opening.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:19

Woodbury Castle in the mist by Richard White wins our iwitness24 photo challenge, My Countryside.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:15

Devon’s ‘highest ranked’ brass band, from Lympstone, is to represent the West of England in the national finals.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:51

Devon County Council’s public health team is warning people to be ‘tick aware’ as they get out and about in the countryside, due to the risk of health problems including Lyme disease.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein has received the latest donation to a fundraising campaign for him to attend the International Town Criers Competition in Bermuda.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Budleigh Salterton’s popular museum will be opening for the new season next month - and will be celebrating a special landmark this year.

Read more
Mon, 14:18

Ian Shaddick, from Lympstone, has been jailed for eight months at Exeter Crown Court. Shaddick, who has a history of mental illness, attacked the police and his family, brandished a knife at officers and slashed the tyres of a car.

Read more
Mon, 12:30

An Exmouth 10-year-old with autism is seeking help from the town to raise funds and awareness.

Read more
Mon, 10:00

A Budleigh Salterton fisherman claims a decision to ‘force’ him into taking expensive public liability insurance on vital seafront huts will ‘screw’ his livelihood.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications