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Leisure centre and library to open after £2 million refit

Published May 10, 2019 3.15pm

Peterlee Leisure Centre will reopen to the public next week following a major improvement programme that has included the relocation of the town's library.

Matthew Bewick and Emma Wyndham

Matthew Bewick from the Swim Local Pilot team and Emma Wyndham at the new library

The £2 million scheme has seen the refurbishment of the pool changing rooms, a new-look reception space and the creation of the brand new library facility.

Significant improvements have also been carried out to the car park with the provision of 48 additional bays, including two disabled and six motorcycle bays as well as a cycle shelter.

The refurbished centre, which is owned by us and managed by 1Life, will reopen to the public on Monday (13 May).

Cllr Joy Allen, our Cabinet member for transformation, said: "This major investment has not only enabled us to make significant improvements to leisure facilities but it means we have also been able to relocate the library from its former site to within the leisure centre.

"As well as a range of new books, the new library is furnished with modern seating and shelving. It will also offer free wi-fi and computers with internet access.

"It's a fantastic facility that will really benefit the whole community, and staff are very much looking forward to welcoming customers old and new."

Designs for the project were presented at four consultation days held at the old Peterlee Library on Burnhope Way at the end of 2017. A new sauna cabin, which was requested during the consultation, will be installed in the coming weeks.

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Cllr Ossie Johnson, our Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues, said: "Visitors to the new-look Peterlee Leisure Centre will see a real difference, with a more welcoming reception area and significantly improved changing facilities.

"I'm really impressed with the work that's been carried out and I'm sure leisure centre users will feel the same. And, what's more, the relocation of the town's library means that they can also take advantage of the many services we offer through our libraries."

Ward member Cllr Audrey Laing said: "Alongside my colleague, Cllr Harry Bennett, I have been championing the case for a better library for the town and improved facilities at the leisure centre for the benefit of the community.

"I am extremely pleased that these efforts have now come to fruition with the reopening of the new-look leisure centre and library. It is extremely important that our area retains good quality, accessible facilities and that's exactly what members of the public will find when they visit the refurbished centre."

To celebrate the centre's reopening, it will host a Zoggs Oceans of Fun Day on Saturday, 18 May, when youngsters will have the chance to meet Olympic and Commonwealth athletes.

Aimed at seven to 14-year-olds, the free event will see participants trying their hand at Olympic aquatic sports including water polo and synchronised and fast swimming.

Places can be booked for Zoggs Oceans of Fun Day at Peterlee Leisure Centre.

Peterlee Leisure Centre was one of four facilities in County Durham involved in the national Swim Local Pilot. Funding from Sport England was used to improve the overall pool programme, which included the introduction of new water based fitness classes, and to provide clearer information to customers about what pool activities are on offer.

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