New £9m leisure centre opens in Tipton

Tipton Leisure Centre The new centre includes a 25m, six lane pool, a gymnasium and dance studio

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A new £9m leisure centre has been officially opened in the West Midlands.

Tipton Leisure Centre includes a 25m (82ft) six lane pool, a gymnasium and dance studio.

It replaces the old swimming centre in Queens Road and has been been built on derelict land on the Little Burton estate.

Sandwell council said it was part of a wider plan to improve local facilities, with new leisure centres being built in West Bromwich, Oldbury and Smethwick.

Steve Eling from the council said: "We've struggled with the old pool, it had structural problems for many years and we were actually forced to close it in the past for repairs.

"We needed to bite the bullet and build a new one to last for decades to come and this will adequately serve the people of Tipton."

The £18m Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury is due to open later this year, with a £11m leisure centre expected to open in West Bromwich in 2014.

The council announced plans last year to build a £15m leisure and sports complex in place of the Harry Mitchell Centre in Smethwick.

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