I am pleased to welcome the news that the £27m from the Government for the Holt Park Wellbeing Centre has now been approved and work will commence in January. The new centre which will replace the current Holt Park Leisure Centre is a partnership between Adult Social Care and the Council’s Sports Services section. It is hoped that all of the work will be completed and residents can start to benefit from these new services by December 2013.

The new facilities will include a 25m swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, a café, a gym, a large meeting hall and a garden area plus a number of other facilities.

I really welcome this and I am pleased it is finally getting moving. I want to ensure everyone involved in a professional capacity continues to work with the local community and I look forward to it providing a renewed focus for the area.