Rushcliffe’s plans for the future of leisure in West Bridgford have taken a significant step forward with its designs for a new leisure and office complex at the Rushcliffe Arena on Rugby Road being submitted for planning. The application is now being checked and validated by the development control service and are available on the Council’s planning application website.
The scheme will see all of the Council’s leisure facilities for West Bridgford going under one roof. This will include two swimming pools, including one specifically used for learner’s families and young children.
There will also be a sports hall, squash courts and state-of-the-art health and fitness facilities. The centre will also continue to provide a home for indoor bowlers with the inclusion of a brand new four-lane bowling hall.
The Council will also be looking to make savings by relocating its offices to smaller premises on the Arena site. The current Civic Centre site will then be freed up for alternative uses.
But the news has not gone down well with all users of the complex, including the Rushcliffe Indoor Bowls Club. They currently enjoy eight lanes at the Rushcliffe Arena and they argue that four will not be enough to cope with demand under the new plans.
The group said: “We have requested at least six lanes in other to arrange a programme of club leagues, range of competitions, visiting touring teams, a national junior’s day, plus the growing demand from casual players and the promotional sessions. The Rushcliffe aim to promote healthy lifestyles, particularly for the over-50s, is in direct conflict to the new plan. It is a negative policy. At least 1,000 people aged over 50 visit the centre each week and income from bowls makes a profit. No other sport make a profit.”