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First stage of consultation on Ellesmere Port’s Sports and Leisure Village complete

5 March 2013

Feedback from the Council’s stage one consultation on Ellesmere Port’s iconic £15 million sports and leisure village has been revealed – with swimming and athletics being desirable elements of the final design.

More than 800 local people took part in the first round of consultation for the new facility which will see a state-of-the-art leisure offer on the preferred former Stanney High School site, with concept designs including an eight court badminton hall with a seating capacity of 1400, competition swimming pool and 80-station gym.

Close to 400 participants shared their details and wished to be involved in future stakeholders meetings. Of the 400 respondents 40 percent belonged to a local sports club and 48 percent took part in competitive water sports.

Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Stuart Parker, said: “I would like to personally thank all of those who participated in stage one of this consultation and to those who didn’t, don’t worry, a second public consultation will take place soon before we submit a final planning application.

“This is a huge investment by the council and shows our commitment to providing our residents with a state-of-the-art new sports and leisure village. I believe that our concept designs are extremely exciting and will offer our residents in Ellesmere Port, and indeed visitors from further afield, high-class facilities.

“Most importantly this needs to be a community facility, fully inclusive and accessible to all, and I hope local people will work with us to ensure that local needs are met.

”There is clearly interest in a 50m pool. We are looking at the evidence for this and we will be considering it at the Executive meeting in April.”

A sports hall, a well-equipped gym, café and 50 metre pool were all highlighted as desirable elements to be incorporated into final designs. Other sports highlighted by respondents as important in the new build were netball, indoor bowls, indoor athletics and water polo facilities.

Local member, Councillor Justin Madders, said: “There is still a way to go before we have our final design but I think the number of people who have contributed their thoughts to this consultation says that the new leisure facility means a lot to residents.

“There will be a second consultation before final plans are decided upon so I would urge local residents, stakeholders and community groups to get involved to make sure we end up with a facility that meets all of the community’s needs and aspirations.

“The chance to shape the town’s major leisure facility is a once in a generation opportunity and I hope that we use it to show that the town deserves the very best.

”The feedback showed significant support for a 50m pool at the facility and I will continue to make the case for that to be delivered.”

For further details on the results of the stage one consultation please visit the Council’s website http://www.talkingwestcheshire.org/talking_ellesmere_port.aspx.