Proposals for a £40 million leisure centre development are to be considered by West Suffolk Council this week.

On Tuesday, March 15, councillors will gather to decide whether the development at Western Way in Bury St Edmunds meets planning requirements before the final stage of tendering for the main construction contract happens, planned for this summer.

The new leisure centre is set to include a fun pool and soft-play area, alongside an eight-lane main pool, large learner pool, sports hall, studios and a new gym.

It is expected that the proposed plan will allow for the current leisure centre to remain operational until the new facilities open in 2025, as the current centre is not large enough to accommodate the area’s projected population growth by 2040.

Councillor Jo Rayner, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and community hubs at West Suffolk Council, said that the report going before cabinet “confirms that going ahead with the Western Way project is good value for money and remains the right thing to do for taxpayers and everyone who uses these facilities”.

Image source: West Suffolk Council

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