26 Oct 2011

Stratford Park Leisure facelift

Photograph this last weekend
On 1st November 2011 a substantial programme of modernisation will begin at Stratford Park Leisure Centre. It marks the handing over of the day-to-day operation of the centre from Parkwood to Sports and Leisure Management (SLM) Ltd, who will giving the centre a new look.

There is no question there have been difficulties in the past as noted on this blog - the Performance and Overview Scrutiny of which I was a member looked at Stratford Park every 6 months and there were many issues relating to cleanliness - yes the building was old and there were many challenges - for me the big issue is the huge and rising fuel costs - it is an expensive place to run. One of the successes was getting a pool cover to save heat - it took sometime and initially was refused but was installed a while back now. Some of us have also long been pushing for a long-term solution regarding fuel costs - see here - it is a great pity this plan for a digester still isn't moving forward.

In the District Council's press release Councillor Keith Pearson, deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration for Stroud District Council said: "Over the last few months we have made substantial improvements to the centre including replacing the windows, a new all-weather pitch, a new ventilation system and a major clean to the front of the building - all with the aim of improving the customer experience. When SLM takes over the management of the centre next week, it will be immediately investing a large sum to make it even better. It's an exciting time."

The forthcoming £750,000 modernisation programme will include improvements to the gym; the introduction of the latest fitness equipment; a new studio for more classes, including spinning; a new health suite with steam room and sauna; dedicated changing rooms for the new health and fitness suite; refurbishment of the sports hall floor, and the redecoration of all areas of the centre.

For more information and to keep abreast of developments at the centre visit the centre's new website at www.everyoneactive.com/stroud.

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