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Council to seek more views on New Mills Leisure Centre

Published on 25 March 2024

High Peak Borough Council is planning to invest in improving the facilities at New Mills Leisure Centre as part of its wider leisure transformation programme - and has pledged that local views will help shape decisions on what is delivered.

Engagement with the local community and users of the leisure centre in New Mills has been taking place as options for improvements are developed.

This has resulted in a wide range of views and the Council has pledged to carry out further engagement before a report considering the final designs for public consultation is considered by the Executive in June.

Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: "The Council remains committed to investing significant sums in improving leisure facilities across the Borough, including New Mills, at a time when many other councils are unfortunately having to reduce or even close leisure facilities due to increasing costs.

"As part of these plans, we've been listening to the views of specific user groups of the leisure centre in New Mills which local councillors have made strong representations to the Council on. This has resulted in a range of opinions being received and I have asked officers to continue these conversations in the coming weeks as we look to finalise the plans which will go to wider public consultation in the summer.

"No decisions have yet been made but we know how important this facility is for the physical and mental health of many residents and that's why we're seeking to make a range of improvements which will safeguard the long term viability of the centre."

Notes to Editors

The outline timetable is as follows:

  • June 2024 - Officers present proposals to the Council's Executive with public consultation to take place if that report is approved.
  • June to September 2024 - consultation to take place during this period. Dates to be confirmed.
  • December 2024 - Subject to completion of the previous steps, the Executive will take a final decision on the proposals.