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Masterplan for Ulverston leisure facilities

Ulverston Leisure Centre Credit: South Lakeland District Council

A project is being launched to draw up a ‘masterplan’ for the Ulverston Leisure Centre site.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is to look at what is possible for the site at Priory Road.

The masterplan will examine how the leisure complex could potentially be re-modelled and improved to meet the future needs of the Ulverston area.

The leisure facilities on the site are run by North Country Leisure (NCL) on behalf of SLDC.

The council and NCL are working together on the masterplan, which has been prompted by GSK’s (GlaxoSmithKline’s) need to relocate its sports centre as part of possible future redevelopment plans of its site on North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston.

The first phase of GSK’s development of a new biopharmaceutical factory would include the construction of a production facility, to be built between 2015 and 2021, followed by a new sports hall, football pitches and bowling green as part of the second phase.

The council is investigating how a new GSK sports centre could potentially link with the town’s existing leisure facilities.

Since NCL took over the contract to run the district’s leisure facilities in April 2014, the number of users of the Ulverston centre has significantly increased, with a 45% increase in all-inclusive memberships compared to this time last year.

Currently the Priory Road site is home to a swimming pool, gym, sports and social club, tennis centre, a full-size artificial pitch, all-weather tennis courts and new 3G pitch, as well as grass rugby and football pitches and associated parking areas.

Ulverston Leisure Centre facilities Credit: South Lakeland District Council

“This is very much a study, to see what we could potentially achieve on the site and how we respond to future opportunities to improve leisure facilities in Ulverston. The first thing we will need to know is, what could the site accommodate?

“No firm plans or proposals for change are going to come forward at this stage and the groups using the Priory Road facilities will be kept informed about the masterplan.

“This study will see what may be possible on the site. It will shape the way we go forward. If a realistic project opportunity does emerge, we would begin an extensive consultation with the local community.’’

– David Sykes, SLDC’s Director of People and Places

DG One to close in June 2014

Following a committee meeting in Dumfries, it has been announced that DG One is expected to close for remedial works in June 2014.

The decision to erect a temporary swimming pool in the ice-bowl car park was agreed unanimously by all councillors at the meeting.

They also agreed to bring Loreburn Hall back into use to house the fitness suite from DG One.

The proposal was put forward by Area Chair, Councillor Gill Dykes and seconded by Councillor Colin Smyth.

"The Council has made an outstanding decision to continue to invest in community facilities. We are still very upset that DG One is having to clos

– Councillor Jane Maitland, Leader of the Independents

"The decision has paved the way forward for opening of the Loreburn hall.

"It has been a long battle but this is a real victory for the community of Dumfries who have made clear that they wanted to see the hall back in use for the good of the town. I believe there are a number of groups who would use the hall.”

– Councillor Colin Smyth, Labour

Councillors agree to new temporary pool for Dumfries

Councillors in Dumfries have agreed to a temporary swimming pool being erected in the town to minimise the impact of the closure of the DG One leisure complex for improvement works.

The new pool will be situated at the Ice Bowl car park and the fitness suite will be sited in the Loreburn Hall on Newall Terrace.

The council has agreed to spent £500,000 on bringing the hall up to a suitable standard for purpose and on 'uplifting' the fitness suite from DG One.

“Dumfries and Galloway Council is fully committed to continuing the provision of full access by the public to appropriate leisure facilities for our local communities. It is a priority for our Administration to increase the health and wellbeing of our local people.

" By providing alternative swimming and fitness arrangements in Dumfries, we are guaranteeing continued access to leisure facilities for our local communities. The people of Dumfries have a great sense of pride with regards to the Loreburn Hall.

"Our decision today to inject half a million pounds of investment to bring the Hall back to life will seek to deal with part of the problem which arises from the closure of DG One. It is a positive solution in a difficult situation.”

– Council Leader Ivor Hyslop, Chair of Policy and Resources Committee