South Kesteven District Council votes to explore significant investment to save Deepings Leisure Centre
Deepings Leisure Centre is currently closed due to health and safety concerns relating to the age of the building and integrity of the roof. However, on Thursday 2nd September, South Kesteven District Council voted in favour of exploring proposals to invest around £6.3million to save and improve Deepings Leisure Centre, securing improved leisure facilities for the next 25 years.
After listening to the views of the local community and their desire to retain the existing leisure centre building for future generations, the Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Councillor Kelham Cooke, put forward revised recommendations at the full Council Meeting. The revised recommendations came after a new assessment by architects and chartered quantity surveyors estimated an investment of £6.3million could not only bring the building back into safe operation but could improve the facility and secure a good standard of leisure provision for the next 25 years.
Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Councillor Kelham Cooke, said: "The Deepings Leisure Centre is an important asset at the heart of the local community. After listening to the many heartfelt stories and concerns from local people, it is apparent this building means far too much to the community to allow it to close without exploring every possible option."
"Patching up the building was simply not a viable or sensible option, so we commissioned a further expert assessment to consider whether further investment could not only fix the immediate health and safety concerns and save the building from closure, but also provide substantial improvements for the local community and significantly extend the building's life. I am hopeful that the further investigations can deliver the best possible outcome - securing a good and improved leisure centre in the Deepings for many years to come, as quickly as possible, and retaining the building that means so much to the community."
The Deepings Leisure Centre will remain closed due to the known health and safety risks. A full structural survey will be completed, and refurbishment options brought forward for Deepings Leisure Centre in order to assess the level of work necessary to remedy the health and safety issues, and further extend the operational life of the current Leisure Centre.
In the meantime, the Council will enter into negotiations with Lincolnshire County Council and The Anthem Trust (Deepings School) in order to secure a viable operational lease of Deepings Leisure Centre.
A further report on the options for the refurbishment of Deeping Leisure Centre will then be considered. The report will also include costed proposals and business plans for the potential site(s) for a new leisure centre in the Deepings.
While the final decision on the investment has not yet been made, the vote will offer hope to the community and clubs that use the facility. If the investment is finally approved the leisure centre will, however, need to remain closed for approximately 12 months while the necessary investigations and works are procured and completed.
Opportunities will continue to be explored to redeploy LeisureSK staff during this time. Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed that the Deepings School will also be supported to ensure they have a suitable venue for exams and PE lessons in the short term and work will also continue to ensure outdoor leisure activities on Linchfield Road Playing Fields continues while the leisure centre building is closed.
The centre had been forced to remain closed due to serious health and safety concerns since 27th July where the rapid deterioration of the building was highlighted after heavy rainfall caused significant damage to the roof, widespread water ingress throughout the building, and lights in the pool hall were affected.
An initial building condition survey estimated more than £1.2million worth of remedial work would be required just to bring the centre back into safe operation. This included a complete replacement of the roof structure as well as replacing the original oil boilers, one of which was already beyond repair.
Due to the current closure of Deepings Leisure Centre which took effect from 27th July 2021, any membership or swim school cancellations will be processed with immediate effect. Please complete a cancellation request form by clicking here.
Members can request a refund for any payments made after the centre closed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There may be a delay due to the volume of requests we are receiving and appreciate your patience and understanding.
The deadline for submission of refunds is 30th September 2021. No refunds will be processed after this date and normal T & C's will resume which includes a calendar month's notice for all cancellations.