12:13PM, Wednesday 13 July 2016
The public are being given their first chance to see how a new leisure centre in Slough will look.
Plans for a £17.9million leisure centre to replace The Centre have been given the green light by Slough Borough Council.
The new facility will have an eight-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, a learner pool, five-court sports hall, fitness suite, changing facilities, cafe, activity zone and dance studios.
Construction of the leisure centre, which is part of the council’s £33.4m leisure strategy, is expected to be completed in autumn 2018.
On Saturday the public will have their chance to see the plans for the leisure centre and have their say as part of two consultation sessions. The second will take place on Monday.
Plans will also be on show for the £7.7m refurbishment of Absolutely Ice in Montem Lane.
Councillor Joginder Bal, commissioner for the environment and leisure, said: “The plans on the table represent the biggest overhaul of leisure facilities in the town in a generation and we want to know what residents think. These public sessions are a fantastic opportunity for residents to have a say about what leisure in Slough should look like.
“Once finished, the new leisure centre and ice rink will provide high-quality facilities that attract and encourage people to improve their health, which is a key outcome in the council’s five-year £35 million leisure strategy.
“We want to capture the views of all groups in Slough so please do go along to one of the sessions and tell us what you think – it’s important we get it right.”
Both sessions will be held at Slough Library in High Street.
On Saturday, a women’s session will be held between noon and 1pm, older people between 1.30-2.30pm and younger people between 3-4pm. Booking is required. Call 01753 447 376.
There is no need to book on Monday’s open session, which takes place between 10am-2pm.
Closures are planned on the M4 between Langley and the M25 this weekend for smart motorway works.