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£12.6m investment in sporting facilities in north Norfolk up for approval

PUBLISHED: 16:28 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:28 01 December 2017

Architect's visualisation of the new North Norfolk Community sports hub. Picture: Saunders Boston Architects

Architect's visualisation of the new North Norfolk Community sports hub. Picture: Saunders Boston Architects

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A £12.6m investment in state-of-the-art sporting facilities in North Norfolk will go before Cabinet councillors for approval on Monday, December 4.

Architect's visualisation of the new Splash swimming pool. Picture: Saunders Boston ArchitectsArchitect's visualisation of the new Splash swimming pool. Picture: Saunders Boston Architects

The investment would see a £10m new leisure centre with a swimming pool at the Splash site in Sheringham and a £2.6m indoor tennis centre with gym at a new North Norfolk Community Sports Hub in Cromer, with satellite tennis facilities across the district at Fakenham, Wells and North Walsham.

Splash will continue to be open as usual to customers and members while future investment plans are considered by the authority.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) hopes to sell part of the three-acre Splash site for a hotel development to pay for the improved leisure centre.

The proposals were considered by NNDC’s overview and scrutiny meeting in November.

If the proposals are supported by Cabinet, they will go to Full Council on December 19 for the capital funding to be agreed.

The new leisure centre would take around two years to complete and be open to the public from October 2020.

Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure, added: “This is a significant proposal to invest in sporting facilities that could benefit all residents’ health and wellbeing in North Norfolk. I am particularly pleased that the whole project will include improvements for tennis facilities at other venues in North Norfolk.”

John Lee, ward member for Suffield Park, said it would enhance the already outstanding facilities at Cromer tennis club.

The new facility will include three indoor tennis courts, changing rooms, toilets, reception area, new bar/lounge and viewing gallery, 20 station-gym with an area for free weights and fitness and a studio space for fitness classes.

The sports hub would be created in partnership with Cromer Academy and partly grant funded by the Lawn Tennis Association .

Cromer Academy Principal Dr Geoff Baker added: “Sport is already a really important part of life at Cromer Academy and this investment will give our young people even more opportunities to take part both as individual players and in teams, and develop key social and leadership skills.”

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