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New Leisure Centre For Wyre Forest

**Now Open****

The new centre is on Silverwoods Way (the former British Sugar Site) on the Kidderminster to Stourport Road.

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The leisure centre has:

  • a sports hall
  • six lane 25m swimming pool
  • learner pool
  • fitness suite
  • dance studios
  • 6 Badminton courts
  • climbing wall
  • small outdoor football pitches 
  • a cafe with viewing areas
  • a double height adventure play area
  • a wet health suite with sauna and steam room.

 

Anyone wanting to sign up for membership to the new leisure centre can do so now at Wyre Forest Leisure Centre or Stourport Sports Centre.  They can also call the team on Sales Team on 0845 200 8668.

More information about opening membership offers is available from the Wyre Forest Leisure Centre website.

Read more about the design here.

View the floor plans for the new centre for how these facilities will be laid out. 

Ground floor plan

First floor plan

The planning application was considered by the Planning Committee on Tuesday 10 March 2015 and was unanimously approved. Read all the documents submitted to the committee.

The new leisure centre will save the District Council more than £500,000 a year. 
The savings will be achieved because the new centre is more sustainable and the contractor will be paying the Council a management fee to run the facility.  Costs to run the centres at Stourport Sports Centre and Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre are continuing to rise each year as the facilities are ageing. 

Following a competitive tender process the Council awarded Places for People Leisure (PfP), formerly DC Leisure the contract to design, build, operate and maintain contract which will be for a 25 year period.  PfP is the Council’s current leisure management contractor.

Wyre Forest Glades and Stourport Sports Centre closed on Saturday 2 July. There is no change at Bewdley Leisure Centre, which is remaining open as usual.

Your questions answered...

The centre at Silverwoods is costing £11.9 million to build.  In November 2014 the Council was awarded £2 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England towards these costs. The grant was awarded to the Council because the project guarantees high quality leisure provision for the next 25 years with excellent sporting and health outcomes.  This grant means it will reduce the ongoing cost to the tax payer for every year of the contract.
Most of the funding for the new Leisure centre is from prudential borrowing.  When you factor in the costs of the borrowing, the council is still going to save around £390,000 a year, compared to the cost of running the existing centres.

We reviewed the leisure centre provision in the district. All options were looked at including maintaining the existing centres. This was ruled out because it would cost too much to refurbish the centres and continue to run them.

We decided to progress with plans to build a new centre for the district because this would save money and offer high quality leisure facilties. We will extend the management contract with Places for People Leisure until the new centre is open.  It is intended that the current leisure centres will remain open until the new centre opens.  This is likely to be Summer 2016.

When the new centre opens Wyre Forest Glades and Stourport Sports Centre will close. Bewdley Leisure Centre will remain open. 

There are no slides in the new facility.  It is a 25 metre, 6 lane pool and there is also a learner pool with a moveable floor.  There will be programmed activities in the main and learner pool which will be fun for families and children.

Plans have been submitted for a water park at West Midlands Safari Park - more information can be found on the planning application.

The current facilities have become very expensive to run and to maintain.

The facilities at Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre and Stourport Sports Centre will remain open until the new centre is open. WFDC spent over 2 years trying to facilitate a Community Asset Transfer of Stourport Sports Centre to local group/s.  Unfortunately, no group was able to take the facility on without a major subsidy from the Council.

The new centre will provide high quality facilities as you can see on the fly through link on this site.

Bewdley leisure Centre will remain open; it is a dual use site which is used by Bewdley High School during school time and by the community at weekends, evenings and school holidays.  The site is to continue to be managed by Places for People Leisure who are also managing the new Wyre Forest Leisure Centre. 

The centre will be open from 6.30 am until 10pm Monday to Friday and 8am - 8pm minimum at the weekends.

There are 50 spectator seats for the 25 metre pool and some spectator seating from the cafe into the learner pool.

A needs analysis was carried out before the facility mix was chosen and there was insufficient demand for a 50 metre pool and the catchment is not large enough to be sustainable.  50 metre pools are only usually built near or in large conurbations/cities.  A 50 metre pool was also too expensive for the Council to fund.  The Amateur Swimming Association and Sport England both agreed that Wyre Forest should be building a 6 lane pool.

There will be disabled parking outside the front entrance of the new facility and the centre will be fully accessible. 

A 'changing places' changing room will be available at the centre.

The original decision to carry out a full strategic review was made in open committee in January 2011.  There then followed a full review by the Scrutiny committee which involved information gathering, inviting interested parties, for example Wyre Forest Swimming Club and also a Facility Planning Model that was completed by Sport England who looked at the needs of Wyre Forest and how that could best be met with facility provision.  The strategic review took a year to complete and also incorporated a report on Community Asset Transfer, public consultation, sporting outcomes, procurement options, site appraisals and financial details. View background papers on agenda from 08/02/12.  In addition there were site visits and numerous project meetings and open Scrutiny Panel and Cabinet meetings. Sport England then in November 2014 awarded the Council a £2 million grant as a contribution and endorsement of the project. 

The decision to build a new centre happened in an open Cabinet meeting in January 2012, finalised in February 2012 following recommendations from Overview and Scrutiny Committee. View Cabinet minutes from January and February 2012. A meeting to discuss the proposed site location for the new Leisure Centre was exempt at the time due to commercial sensitivity. View previously exempt report. View minutes of Cabinet meeting from October 2013.  

Minutes, agendas and background papers for all meetings can be found here (select date to view documents).  

Approximately 500 people responded to the public consultation that was conducted and their views were considered alongside all the many other factors that contributed to the final decision, particularly the Council’s financial situation.

Facility planning work was carried out by Sport England which updates the demand and subsequent supply of leisure facilities.  Sport England is fully supportive of the new facility.


Parking will be free at the new centre and there will be disabled parking outside the front entrance. 

Bus information is available from Worcestershire County Council.



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