Consultation: Proposed leisure centre in Leighton-Linslade

About our proposed Leighton-Linslade leisure centre consultation

Consultation closes: Friday, 22 July 2022 
Consultation opened: Thursday, 28 April 2022 

Artists impression sketch: outside Leighton-Linslade leisure centre

We aspire to provide Leighton-Linslade residents with first-class leisure facilities. The existing Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre is over 40 years old. It is reaching the end of its life and the facilities are tired and dated. We want to modernise the leisure provision and plan to invest £25 million from our capital investment programme to create a much-needed new leisure centre in Leighton-Linslade. This is in line with our Leisure Strategy which looks to support the current and future provision of indoor sports and leisure centres to benefit residents and encourage them to pursue a healthy active lifestyle. 

The existing sports hall and squash courts at the Tiddenfoot site are an integral part of Cedars Upper School and as such will remain open and available for residents to use and enjoy; these facilities are not being moved to the new proposed site.

Background

Leighton-Linslade is a growing community and we are committed to ensuring the town benefits from having excellent leisure facilities. We are investing in the town’s future and the health and wellbeing of local residents.

The £25 million capital investment in the new leisure centre will be a real boost to the local community. The new leisure centre will become a community focal point. It will provide high-quality facilities and encourage more people to take part in physical activity, helping them to have a healthy and active lifestyle, with all the associated benefits exercise can offer.

The new centre will be a welcoming place to meet up and socialise as well as exercise, and it will help bring the existing and new communities together. 

The proposed location is in Clipstone Park, the new development in Leighton-Linslade. We have selected Clipstone Park for the proposed new leisure centre after an extensive search for an appropriate local site that could accommodate a bigger centre with more facilities and meet the leisure requirements outlined in our Leisure Facilities Strategy. The possibility of extending and improving the existing Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre was considered but the site and grounds are too small and constrained to enable us to provide the facilities needed for the growing community. 

The proposed leisure centre will be built next to a range of sports pitches being provided by the Stearn Land and Clipstone Park developments; and together will create an indoor and outdoor sporting hub benefiting Leighton-Linslade and the surrounding communities. Clipstone Park offers excellent accessibility via road and has a footpath links connecting to open spaces for people to visit and enjoy.