Go ahead given for new sports centre on former hospital site in Sarisbury Green

Daily Echo: Coldeast: The site of new £7m swimming complex Coldeast: The site of new £7m swimming complex

SWIMMERS could be set to make a splash at a new Hampshire pool after planners approved multi-million pound plans for a leisure complex.

Fareham Borough Council’s planning chiefs have granted outline planning permission for the swimming pool and leisure facility on land at the Coldeast site in Sarisbury.

Work is expected to begin on the complex within the next 18 months.

When built, the complex is expected to include a sixlane, 25-metre pool, changing rooms, a viewing area, 100 fitness stations, a separate exercise room, and car parking.

Councillors agreed to transfer the land from the Homes and C o m m u n i t i e s Agency to the authority and approve a provisional £7million to the provision of the new pool, which will be funded from the council’s capital reserves and borrowing.

It was also agreed options to replenish the authority’s capital reserves through the sale of existing assets will be explored.

The decision comes after a study was carried out within the borough in June last year, which supported the need for an additional pool in Fareham.

It highlighted an increasing population, increasing levels of adult and child obesity, high levels of demand, a deficit in accessible water space, and a high number of residents swimming outside of the borough, among the findings.

The future of the Coldeast site, which was the home of a former NHS hospital, has been a topic of debate since it closed in 2005.

Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said the new leisure complex is something people living in the west of the borough really want to see.

He said: “Fareham Leisure Centre in the town is extremely successful and is to have £1.5milion spent on it at the moment. It’s ever so popular and very busy.

“But it means there is no space for extra people to swim there. It is something which residents west of the borough have told us, and they would like to see a pool there.”

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7:19am Sun 11 May 14

sue1956 says...

This is brilliant news. It will also create more jobs in the area.
This is brilliant news. It will also create more jobs in the area. sue1956
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7:26am Sun 11 May 14

SteveinTotton says...

That lively old building should be saved and turned into flats.
That lively old building should be saved and turned into flats. SteveinTotton
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10:21am Sun 11 May 14

Dave of Dibden says...

No "What about an ice rjnk" comment ???
No "What about an ice rjnk" comment ??? Dave of Dibden
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12:48pm Sun 11 May 14

St.Winch70 says...

Another building with character lost.......
Another building with character lost....... St.Winch70
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8:08pm Sun 11 May 14

03alpe01 says...

Just get it built. It will give people more chance to be active and healthy. Also, it is not in Southampton so no need for the pointless 'where's our ice rink???' comments.
Just get it built. It will give people more chance to be active and healthy. Also, it is not in Southampton so no need for the pointless 'where's our ice rink???' comments. 03alpe01
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1:11am Mon 12 May 14

sass says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Just get it built. It will give people more chance to be active and healthy. Also, it is not in Southampton so no need for the pointless 'where's our ice rink???' comments.
Skating is exercise too.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Just get it built. It will give people more chance to be active and healthy. Also, it is not in Southampton so no need for the pointless 'where's our ice rink???' comments.[/p][/quote]Skating is exercise too. sass
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