Development of a new £20 million leisure centre at Farnborough is likely to move a step closer on Tuesday (February 23).

Rushmoor Borough Council’s cabinet is set to move forward plans to replace the existing 1980s Farnborough Leisure Centre with a new one, part of the wider Civic Quarter regeneration scheme.

The existing contract with Places Leisure to operate the current centre, which is closed due to lockdown, runs out on March 31 and councillors have been recommended not to reopen it and, instead, to press on with plans to redevelop.

The new centre which will have a 25-metre pool, training pool with moveable floor, fitness suite, eight-court sports hall, studios, squash courts, a ten-pin bowling alley, café, soft play and sauna/steam rooms.

Cabinet member for operational services Cllr Maurice Sheehan said: “These are exceptional times that we find ourselves in, but this does give us a unique opportunity to bring forward the new Farnborough Leisure Centre, which I know many people are looking forward to.

“People being able to lead healthy and active lives is important to us. So we will need to consider closely what the implications of keeping Farnborough Leisure Centre closed while we build the new one would be on our residents and local sports clubs, and do all we can to make sure they have access to alternative local facilities.

“Once it’s built, the new centre will offer some fantastic facilities that will serve us well for many years to come.”

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