New Leisure Centres For Flitwick and Dunstable

Flitwick Leisure Centre opens February 29th. Pictures:
Last week's Central Bedfordshire Council's executive committee agreed to fund a  £20.1m redevelopment of Dunstable Leisure Centre. This figure was confirmed to HRND by Cllr B. Spurr 16/2/2016 - see "Puzzle" below.

The present library and sports centre in Dunstable are regarded as not fit for purpose. The investment to the Dunstable town centre site means that leisure, library and other facilities will all sit under one roof.

A building contractor will now be procured to design and build the centre which is planned to open at the end of 2017.

Cllr Brian Spurr, executive member for community services, said: "The leisure facilities will be dramatically enhanced and by bringing in the Library and other community services to the site, we will create a community hub which everyone can use and enjoy."

Cllr Nigel Young, executive member for regeneration, added: "The council’s investment in the town centre is great news. This move will both improve our services to customers and unlock other opportunities to revitalise Dunstable."

Meanwhile, a new Leisure Centre for Flitwick is almost complete and is due to open on 29th February.

The plans for Flitwick Leisure Centre [link]  included:

  • 8 lane 25 m swimming pool
  • separate learner pool with a variable height base to enable both adult and children’s use
  • toddler splash area – an area of shallow water for families with young children to get used to the water and have fun
  • 4 court sports hall for activities such as badminton, martial arts, trampolining, gymnastics
  • health and fitness suite for 120 cardio and resistance equipment
  • 3 studios for a range of class based physical activity
  • 2 squash courts
  • crèche
  • indoor climbing wall
  • wet and dry changing facilities
  • reception and office
  • café area for light refreshments
  • health referral room for confidential health and wellbeing advice
  • car parking and access road

Puzzle Over Cost of Dunstable Redevelopment Scheme

CBC's Facebook Page announced one figure, and their website announced another. Both sets of information were simultaneously available online on 14th Feb.

UPDATE. Cllr Brian Spurr explained on 16/1/2016, "The revised cost is £ 20.1 million  I needed to go back to exec for addition funds if we wanted to complete the project properly. Building costs have increased.  We have also added for more use of the centre as a hub for services etc."