A new state-of-the-art leisure facility being built in Hampton, Peterborough could be run by Vivacity when it opens early next year, it has been revealed.
Plans for the leisure centre, to be located in Ashbourne Road , were originally submitted by David Lloyd Leisure, but the firm dropped out of the scheme.
Now negotiations are taking place for Vivacity, which run sports and leisure facilities in Peterborough, to take charge of the 3,000 square metre site. The talks between developer Townfast and Peterborough City Council are currently taking place.
Orton with Hampton ward councillor, Nigel North, said the centre would be a big step forward for the township.
He said: ““It is a giant step forward for the area. It is something that is required, and fits in with the council’s agenda of getting people fit and well. It will also create a number of good jobs in the area. There will be a variety of employment opportunities for highly skilled and low skilled residents.”
A council spokeswoman said: “We are negotiating with a developer about the possibility of the council taking over the lease of a new leisure centre currently being built in Hampton, which includes a swimming pool, gym and dance studios.”
John Marsden, head of sport and recreation at Vivacity, said: “It has taken a significant amount of work to get to this stage, and we are delighted to be able to offer these facilities to residents in the near future.”
Step forward for leisure centre plans in township
The gym is set to include a 25 metre swimming pool, sauna and steam room, 120 station gym, dance studios, health spa with therapeutic treatment rooms and a café.
If negotiations with Townfast are successful, the council will enter into an Agreement for Lease to be followed by a Lease for 25 years 6 months to begin on or around December 1 2013.
Leader of the council Marco Cereste cannot make the decision regarding the negotiations officially starting before May 15, which will then be subject to a three-day call-in period.
Vivacity are also working in Hampton on a community centre, to be located near Hampton College in Eagle Way. The centre will include a new home for the library in the township, currently housed at the Serpentine Green Shopping Centre.
A council spokeswoman said: “Should this deal be agreed we will also be concluding negotiations with Vivacity about arrangements to run that facility on the council’s behalf, as well as the new community centre and library on the Hampton College site, as the city’s provider of cultural and leisure services.”
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