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Lowestoft's Waterlane Leisure Centre to reopen in new year

Waterlane Leisure Centre, Lowestoft
Image caption Councillors and leisure centre staff celebrated the completion of the redevelopment project

The Waterlane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft is to reopen in January after the completion of an £8m redevelopment project.

It features a new learner pool as well as improved squash, table tennis, martial arts and cafe facilities.

Waveney District Council has led the project with funding from many sources.

Colin Law, council leader, said: "I couldn't be more proud to stand here, symbolically handing over this facility to the people of Waveney."

The centre will open to the public on 3 January 2012.

Sport England has provided £1.2m as part of its Free Swim initiative, with other funding coming from Suffolk County Council and the neighbouring Lowestoft Sixth Form Centre.

Waterlane is owned by the council, but it is being managed by Sentinel Leisure Trust which is a not-for-profit charity, which already runs Bungay Pool & Gym and Lowestoft's Beach Services.

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