We are able to announce the next exciting news within our future devleopments and investments into our facilities, this time for Morpeth Leisure Centre which has today had the announcement of it's new location within the Town. After a full review, the Terrace site on Gas House Lane has been chosen as the location for the new multi-million pound leisure centre.
The money for a new centre was approved by Northumberland County Council and follows a range of consultation with the local community and other stakeholders, with designs now being worked on to establish exactly what facilities will be located at the new centre. By building on a new site also ensures the current leisure centre can stay open while construction takes place, and starting from scratch means there is much more flexibility for a new design.
The new centre will be run by Active Northumberland, the charitable trust that manages leisure services across the county on behalf of Northumberland County Council as both organisations work to improve sports and leisure facilities across the county, which includes the refurbishment of our facility in Hexham (Wentworth Leisure Centre) and new centres in Berwick and Ponteland.
Mark Tweedie, Chief Executive of Active Northumberland said: “Just like the existing Riverside Leisure Centre has done, this new facility will serve the Morpeth community for a generation to come. Modern lifestyles mean that most of us are not as physically active as we should be which can be detrimental to our long term health, so it's never been more important to provide great places to help people to start and stay active.”
“Active Northumberland are really looking forward to working closely with the local community and Northumberland County Council to deliver this exciting new development for the town."
County Councillor Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, said, “While the current leisure centre building isn't fit for purpose, it’s important to remember the staff working there are all incredibly professional and well trained and are delivering some fantastic leisure services.
“A new facility at a new central location will provide state-of-the art activities which will benefit the staff and the thousands of people who use the centre every year.
“Other options including moving to a site on the edge of town or next to the High School were unpopular during our drop-in events and The Terrace, while not without issues, has emerged as the best practical option.”