Date published: 11 September 2018
Cllr Summers, Cllr Smith and Karen Whitfield
West Lindsey District Council is seeking the views of local residents about plans to develop a new £6.3 million leisure facility in Market Rasen.
The new state of the art facility would include a 3G Pitch, fitness suite, dance studio, sports hall and changing facilities and could be open in June 2020.
The council has been aware of the lack of leisure provision in the market town for a number of years. It has successfully re tendered its existing leisure contract combining it with the West Lindsey Leisure Centre offer, to be able to extend provision across the district.
Cllr Jeff Summers, Leader of West Lindsey District Council said he is very excited about the plans for Market Rasen.
He said: “I am personally pleased that we can share our plans for the new dry leisure facility for Market Rasen.
“We have worked very hard to get to this stage and we are putting in considerable investment into this development for the benefit of local people.
“Whilst I appreciate we cannot at this stage fulfil all the wishes of residents in terms of building a swimming pool, we are future proofing the site to be able to develop the site further should it become financially viable.
“I hope you will all agree that this really is an exciting opportunity for the town as it will provide a comprehensive programme of activities, sports development opportunities, health programmes and events. The inclusion of a 3G all weather pitch will create extensive opportunities for the young to develop their sporting abilities and reach new heights of achievement.
“This will be the most significant investment in the town for many years and for me forms the beginning of a new initiative to energise the economy for Market Rasen.
Please pop along and check out the plans and let us know what you think about our proposals.”
Figures show there are more overweight people in the district than in neighbouring Lincolnshire authority areas. Meanwhile, hospital admissions for Type 2 diabetes in West Lindsey top the county chart – with worrying levels in Gainsborough South-East, Scampton, Market Rasen, Cherry Willingham and Middle Rasen
These figures highlight the importance of the investment and why the Council have re worked its leisure contract in order to make the development a reality. As previously reported, Everyone Active has been appointed to run the council’s leisure contract and the Council have committed more than £7.8 in to leisure provision in the district.
The new arrangements mean:
- The new purpose built facility at Market Rasen will replace the existing offers at both De Aston Sports Centre and Caistor Sports Hall.
- Improved facilities in Gainsborough as part of £1.4 million investment
- An outreach service for areas across the district to make it more accessible for people who would not otherwise attend a leisure centre
Cllr Tom Smith, ward member for Market Rasen said the council had undertaken extensive discussions with the town council, who are fully supportive of the plans for the dry leisure facility.
He said: “We are now working towards an application for planning permission and would like to share our plans with the local community in order to get valuable feedback on the proposal. All feedback received will be analysed and used to finalise the design.
“We would like as many people as possible to come along and meet representatives of the council and the design team to find out more at a special consultation event to be held this month.”
The council has secured an option to purchase a site in Market Rasen on Gainsborough Road and has engaged with the necessary professional resources in order to draw up concept designs for the facility.
The consultation event will be held on the 19 September between 3pm and 7pm in the main hall at the Festival Hall, Market Rasen. Alternatively you may also submit your feedback on the proposed scheme by visiting:www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/mrleisure. The consultation period is open until the 21 October.