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North Norfolk sport may get £12.6m investment in facilities

PUBLISHED: 22:07 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 22:07 31 October 2017

Splash swimming pool in Sheringham.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Splash swimming pool in Sheringham. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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A £12.6million investment in state-of-the-art sporting facilities in North Norfolk will go before councillors next week.

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick. Picture: Norfolk Conservatives. North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick. Picture: Norfolk Conservatives.

They include plans for 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 at Fakenham, Wells and North Walsham.

The proposals will be considered at North Norfolk District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee meeting on Wednesday, November 8.

The reports will then go to cabinet on December 4 and, if supported, on to full council on December 19 for the funding to be agreed.

NNDC leader Tom FitzPatrick said: “We know that keeping fit and active is important for residents.

“These ambitious plans would see a £12.6m investment in sport and active leisure; that’s a wise investment for the council and good news for the community.”

Councillor Judy Oliver, cabinet member for assets and commercialisation, said: “By promoting commercial investment, we will provide a much-needed new leisure centre for our residents, to replace the old Splash facility at Sheringham.

“If we can improve our facilities for everyone, that will encourage more people to stay fit and active, which is a key priority for our council and our district.”

The North Norfolk Community Sports Hub would be created in partnership with Cromer Academy and part-grant funded by the Lawn Tennis association (LTA) and should be built by mid-2019 if councillors approve the proposals.

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

In addition, a grant from the Lawn Tennis Association will provide for improved tennis facilities across the district, to drive up participation.

Nick Amis, Chairman of Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity, in conjunction with Cromer Academy, which would bring a great deal of benefit to a range of ages and abilities.

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