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7 August 2012

Cheshire West and Chester Council has begun to consult with key stakeholders and the community as plans for the town’s new leisure offer begin to take shape.

The Council has already committed £12.5 million to the project, which would see Ellesmere Port benefit from state-of-the-art leisure facilities, on the preferred former Stanney High School site.

And at a meeting of key stakeholders and members of the community including West Cheshire Athletic Club, Ellesmere Port Amateur Swimming Club, Cheshire Jets and Sports Cheshire, council officers confirmed that a timeline for key milestones in the process is now in place.

The Council hopes to initiate public consultation on detailed designs by the end of this year, with a planning application submitted in 2013. Construction would begin in 2014 with a 2015 completion date. 

The council is continuing to work with local clubs, including the Cheshire Jets and West Cheshire Athletics Club to see whether they can be accommodated in the new facility.

Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Stuart Parker, said: “Ellesmere Port’s new leisure facility is now a step closer as we look to secure clear dates for milestone points in the process.

“This is very much the beginning of the process and many of the ideas are in concept stage but we are working with both stakeholders and members of the public to make sure that local needs are met in the final designs.

“We will continue to engage with stakeholders and the community throughout the design process, and a second public consultation will take place before the planning application next year.”