Leisure chiefs allay fears about new Altrincham Leisure Centre

Messenger Newspapers: Leisure chiefs allay fears about new Altrincham Leisure Centre Leisure chiefs allay fears about new Altrincham Leisure Centre

LEISURE chiefs have sought to reassure users of Altrincham Leisure Centre that the size of its pool will not be halved under Altair proposals.


A leaflet claiming that Altair – a £150m regeneration scheme which aims to revitalise Altrincham town centre – is to build a new leisure centre which will ‘only provide half the facilities’ of the current centre, has been refuted by Trafford Community Leisure Trust.


The leaflet, which has been circulating in the area, states the pool size would shrink from 20m x 8m to 10m x 6m, the size of the sports hall would be halved and there will be no squash courts, spinning studio, sauna or function room.


But Trafford Community Leisure Trust, which runs all the community leisure centres in the borough, has stated that no decisions have been made.


A spokesman for the trust said: “We simply cannot answer what will be in the new leisure centre, however, the leaflet that was circulated at the weekend by a local resident picks up drawings that were purely outline planning, when full planning is submitted the leisure centre will include everything the community needs, it certainly won't be half the size.


“The initial planning was made some time ago now and discussions have progressed a lot further with the leisure trust advising on the facility needed.


A spokesman for Altair added: “The Altair Development signifies major investment in Altrincham and provides an ideal opportunity for the sports and leisure facilities to be updated, making them fir-for-purpose for modern times.


“Trafford Community Leisure Trust operates the existing leisure facilities.


“The proposed facilities in the Altair scheme reflect what they believe, based on experience of the market and detailed research into current needs and trends in leisure development, will fully meet the needs of Altrincham.”
 

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10:58am Thu 15 May 14

Fuzzball says...

Costs will have been apportioned against the outline plans. Be aware that things tend to go only one way after this point. Get ready to swim twice the lengths you used to.
Costs will have been apportioned against the outline plans. Be aware that things tend to go only one way after this point. Get ready to swim twice the lengths you used to. Fuzzball
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1:23pm Thu 15 May 14

Altysmiffy says...

Not knowing the details of the new sports centre is hardly allaying fears! A swimming pool the size of a bath tup is neither use nor ornament! A 25 metre pool should be the minimum. At a time when the town has just gained sporting success and we have a sports hall to be built at thew J Davidson stadium the council should have the facilities to encourage people to use them.
Not knowing the details of the new sports centre is hardly allaying fears! A swimming pool the size of a bath tup is neither use nor ornament! A 25 metre pool should be the minimum. At a time when the town has just gained sporting success and we have a sports hall to be built at thew J Davidson stadium the council should have the facilities to encourage people to use them. Altysmiffy
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9:32pm Fri 16 May 14

NickEarle says...

I agree this does not allay fears at all. The only proposals we have so far are these in the outline planning and the Altair statement says the proposed facilites will meet the needs of the people of Altrincham. So in partnership with the leisure trust they have already decided that this smaller centre is all that Altrincham needs.

There are some inaccuracies in what the Messenger has reported too. To see the full leaflet go to altrinchamian.blogsp
ot.co.uk
I agree this does not allay fears at all. The only proposals we have so far are these in the outline planning and the Altair statement says the proposed facilites will meet the needs of the people of Altrincham. So in partnership with the leisure trust they have already decided that this smaller centre is all that Altrincham needs. There are some inaccuracies in what the Messenger has reported too. To see the full leaflet go to altrinchamian.blogsp ot.co.uk NickEarle
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