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Consultation on leisure centres at Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street and Seaham

We want your views on the location of Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street and Seaham leisure centres.


In January 2020, we began the process of looking at new investment in our leisure centres. We recognise that our centres play an important role in your physical and mental wellbeing, and also that many of the buildings are old and becoming more difficult and expensive to repair.

Since the first lockdown eased, we've been working to progress plans to create more modern and welcoming centres and activities that better meet your needs. We want to make sure that our leisure centres can help to make a positive impact by encouraging and supporting your health and wellbeing through physical activity.

Cabinet agenda and minutes - 15 January 2020 (item five)

What we are proposing

As we developed our plans, given the age and condition of some of our leisure centres, it is more financially viable to build new ones. In the case of Seaham, Bishop Auckland and Chester-le-Street that is what we are proposing to do, we have therefore taken the opportunity to consider where we place these new venues.

We have evaluated a wide range of possible sites for these three centres and having shortlisted three locations for each one, we would like you to have a say.

Your feedback is a key part of considering each location, we are also busy completing technical appraisals on the sites, which cover things like land condition and size, accessibility, parking, location, visibility, transport links and opportunities for regeneration.

We are consulting on the facilities and activities in each centre and we would like you to have your say on this consultation too.

The locations of the shortlisted sites are:

Have your say

We need your feedback on these site locations.

The closing date for comments was 5.00pm on Sunday 6 December 2020.

Next steps

Following this consultation, all feedback was reviewed and the locations of three new state-of-the-art leisure centres in County Durham have now been considered by Cabinet on 17 March. Full details of the approved preferred sites in Seaham, Chester-le-Street and Bishop Auckland can be found in the Cabinet report 17 March 2021.