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Leisure transformation


In March 2021, Cabinet approved a £78 million leisure transformation programme. The new programme will include three new state of the art leisure centres and refreshed facilities at other leisure centres.

New Leisure Centres

Seaham, Chester-le-Street and Bishop Auckland are the referred sites for the new leisure centres. We have considered a number of factors in deciding the best locations for the new leisure centres, including technical assessments, a place based review to consider the wider benefits to communities of each location, health and equality impact assessments, as well as the views from a public consultation.

In Seaham, a dual site option has been approved and will feature a new centre at St John's Square and improved community and outdoor facilities on the existing site.

At Chester-le-Street, the new leisure centre will be developed on the former Civic Centre site. This will provide ample space for development and parking, while further sport and leisure opportunities will also be explored at the Riverside site.

The proposed site at Bishop Auckland is Tindale Crescent. A proposed community hub with new facilities co-designed by local residents is planned on the existing site at Woodhouse Close.

Residents will be able to access the current sites during construction of the new centres, ensuring no disruption for leisure users.

Benefits for everyone

The wider aims of the leisure transformation programme will see our other centres refurbished, updated and made more accessible. The introduction of new activities to reflect changing trends will further support the economic recovery of both the leisure centres and wider county.

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