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Consultation to go ahead on £28m proposal to regenerate Shrewsbury Sports Village

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Shropshire Council’s Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee have this morning upheld a Cabinet decision to go out to public consultation on the proposed £28m redevelopment of Shrewsbury Sports Village.

The scheme would bring:-

  • A 25-metre x 8-lane pool – suitable for county competitions, galas and general swimming
  • 17 x 10 metre studio pool with moveable floor for learners and other water sports, including a children’s water party module
  • Seating in pool hall for 250 spectators and space for 250 competitors
  • Changing village, plus Changing Places facility for people in need of additional support
  • New reception area and lobby, with café overlooking the pool
  • New children’s soft play area
  • New 130-station fitness suite
  • Multi-purpose studio with access to existing kitchen – divisible into two areas for group activities and events
  • New dance studio
  • New 30-station cycle spin studio
  • Refurbishment of the dry changing facilities
  • Maintaining all other internal and external facilities on site including: the main sports hall with 8 badminton courts, Box 12 studio, 16 football pitches and football changing, bowls hall, cycle track and eight netball courts.

It would allow the centre to host galas and regional swimming competitions, while keeping public swim sessions and lessons in a separate studio pool, which would also be available to hire for children’s parties, as well as offering new and improved fitness and leisure facilities.

Robert Macey, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and digital, said:-

“We have said from the outset that there is a need to prioritise plans to maintain swimming in Shrewsbury, and by redeveloping the facilities at Shrewsbury Sports Village and adding two pools to the centre we are doing just that.

“The submission to improve and enhance the Sports Village stands on its own. No decision has been taken on the future of The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre.

“The scheme opens up more opportunities for all kinds of activities, as well as bringing competition standard swimming facilities to Shropshire. We are also proposing to install state of the art technologies to heat and power the centre, which would mean it has the potential to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

“We look forward to taking the proposals out to consultation and hope for a groundswell of public support for them.”

The Cabinet decision of Wednesday 17 January 2024 had been called in by the Liberal Democrats group.

The committee asked the Cabinet member that, when the consultation is issued, for it to be made very clear that it is only in relation to proposals for Shrewsbury Sports Village, and does not concern future plans for The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre, which would be dealt with separately at a later date.

The committee also asked that, if it is the case that multiple responses to the consultation from the same device will not be accepted, that this be made very clear. The Cabinet member agreed to these requests.