Why we have redeveloped the leisure centre
Our leisure strategy identified the need for larger facilities in Flitwick.
The strategy was adopted by the council in January 2013 and identifies the priorities for leisure facilities across the area. A new leisure centre in Flitwick is a top priority to be delivered in the next 2 years.
We know the small 4 lane swimming pool and the 55 station fitness room are not big enough for our local community and will not cope with the demand we expect from our growing population.
The centre is already very busy, and it’s difficult to get to use all activities on offer at peak times.
Population growth in the area is expected to increase by 13% from 2011 to 2031. There will be 3100 new homes - on par with the average population increase for Central Bedfordshire.
The building has had a number of extensions over the past 30 years. This means that it’s difficult to extend it any further, and as it ages, it’s becoming more and more inefficient for us to run.
A new centre gives us the opportunity to build a first class leisure centre that is:
- fit for current and future generations
- cost effective
- provides flexible space to respond to the latest trends in exercise and sport
- designed to be light and inviting spaces