Council Leader pledges to explore options for future leisure provision

Date published: 08 September 2020
Opening of Market Rasen Leisure Centre
Cllr McNeill (2nd from left) at the recent opening of Market Rasen Leisure Centre

West Lindsey District Council will explore options to expand its leisure portfolio across the district.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Giles McNeill pledged at Monday’s full Council meeting to look at what the new phase of leisure provision in West Lindsey could look like.

This will include reassessing the viability of building the swimming pool module at the West Lindsey Leisure Centre, Market Rasen and options to establish a West Lindsey Leisure Centre in the Lincoln Fringe.

The announcement made at Full Council on Monday, followed an update from the Leader, Cllr Giles McNeill, who said he was ‘enormously’ pleased to attend the opening of the new West Lindsey Leisure Centre in Market Rasen.

He said: “Everyone Active, our partners who deliver leisure services on behalf of the Council, have done a tremendous job in opening only a few weeks after the scheduled date, and in a way that is Covid-secure.”

Cllr McNeill was joined by the Chairman of the Council, Cllr Steve England and other ward members in July when the Centre opened.

As previously reported, West Lindsey District Council invested more than £7 million in leisure provision in the district in refurbishing the West Lindsey Leisure Centre in Gainsborough and building the brand new facility in Market Rasen.

Cllr McNeill said: “With phase 2 of our investment in leisure facilities now complete and concluded I will begin, in the coming months, the process of looking at forming policy around what might constitute new phases for the future.”

However, he insisted he wanted to go further and look at more options.

He added: “I believe that for too long the villages and communities of West Lindsey on the periphery of Lincoln have not benefitted from the investment in new facilities that other areas have. Today I commit my administration to ensure that a future phase of our investment in new leisure facilities will look at options to establish a West Lindsey Leisure Centre in the Lincoln Fringe; looking for a viable option in Torksey, Saxilby, Sudbrooke, Nettleham, Cherry Willingham or Bardney.

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