Leisure centre proposals out for consultation

Manchester City Council is seeking residents' views on proposed new swimming pools and libraries in Chorlton, Levenshulme and Beswick.

Existing leisure facilities in Levenshulme, Miles Platting and Chorlton have been identified as having high running costs, offering poor value for money and not meeting modern standards.

The council says there is a compelling case to develop new facilities in Chorlton, Levenshulme and Beswick to provide facilities and services within district centres while making operational savings. This follows a similar scheme in Wythenshawe.

The proposals are for the creation of a £5.7m joint leisure and library centre in the centre of Chorlton, a £6m to £6.5m leisure centre in Beswick and a joint leisure and library centre in Levenshulme District Centre, again costing between £6m and £6.5m.

The council says the proposals would increase the number of Manchester residents within 20 minutes walk or public transport travel time of a swimming pool – a goal recognised by Sport England and the Amateur Swimming Association – from 91% to 97%.

The combined Chorlton centre would be partly funded by land sale receipts and developer contributions of between £1.86m and £2.42m and partly from council borrowing. The operational cost savings would be used to pay for the borrowing.

Funding for Beswick would come from Sport England and other national governing bodies, contributing between £2.5m and £3m, Manchester City FC, £3m, and the remainder from council borrowing.

The new Levenshulme facility would be paid for from council borrowing.

The residents of Chorlton, Levenshulme and East Manchester have until Saturday 24 June to take part in the public consultation into the proposals.

To take part in the consultation visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations

For more information about the proposals visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/egov_downloads/LeisureReview.pdf

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