North East Lincolnshire’s Cabinet has today (26 June) authorised work to go ahead on alterations to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre’s changing rooms.
£635,000 will be spent on a major overhaul to the existing poolside changing rooms by introducing a modern, family-friendly layout.
As a result of consultation with users, the initial design for the changing rooms has been altered to include:
• Clearly defined male and female toilets
• Individual shower cubicles with improved height and depth opaque doors which are beyond industry standard
• Design changes to support disabled users
• A new footwear changing area and clearly defined wet and dry areas
• Practical suggestions relating storage including somewhere to store prams and buggies.
Sue Wells, Head of Culture, Leisure and Sport, said the changes would benefit thousands of people who use the facility. “We’ve listened to what people wanted from a modern changing room, and will be putting the wheels in motion to get this done this winter.
“Families have told us that unisex changing rooms will be a great bonus – providing the privacy people want alongside the ability for families to be together. And we hope the changes to the design will alleviate some concerns that have been raised in the community.”
The plans had been referred to the council’s scrutiny committee earlier this month after a petition was received raising concerns about the unisex facilities. Following the earlier consultation with service users, recommendations for the changes listed above were already being considered. The new plans will be on display in the leisure centre later this year in advance of the work starting.
Refurbishment work is set to be carried out during the winter of 2013 and every step will be taken to keep disruption to a minimum while the revamp takes place.
The changes will be made possible as a result of a grant from Sport England.