Nottingham

Gedling council changes Arnold Leisure Centre plan

A Nottinghamshire council has scrapped plans to build a new leisure centre.

Gedling Borough Council had wanted to replace Arnold Leisure Centre with a new facility as part of a £10m facelift for Arnold town.

The proposals to build the complex on the King George V Recreation Ground in the town had faced widespread local opposition.

The authority said it will now look again at other options to improve leisure facilities in the borough.

Protected status

The council had said the existing leisure centre was outdated and planned to demolish it.

Plans to build on the King George V Recreation Ground met with opposition as it is protected by a charitable trust which ensures its use as public open space.

Gedling Borough Council, as trustee of the charity, considered moving the protection to another park on Nottingham Road.

It set up an independent panel to consult with the community and the majority of respondents were against that option.

Council leader Roland Spencer said: "We have been saying for a number of months that we would not progress our plans for a new leisure centre until a decision was made about King George V Recreation Ground.

"The council felt that there were a number of advantages in developing this site but we also knew how highly it was valued by local people.

"We still have ambitions to transform the top end of Arnold, but we'll now need to look at all the options to improve both our leisure facilities and the retail offer, to make Arnold the retail centre of choice for the north and east of Nottingham."

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