Councillors approve £4 million Great Sankey Leisure Centre improvements

Warrington Guardian: Clr Russ Bowden Clr Russ Bowden

GREAT Sankey Leisure Centre will be transformed into a neighbourhood hub with facilities including GP services thanks to a £4 million investment.


Councillors approved the funding for the project last night at an executive board meeting.


Clr Russ Bowden, the council’s executive board member for finance who proposed the project, said: “The new development will build on the very successful model of our neighbourhood hubs at Orford and Woolston.


“GP services and a health centre will be provided alongside sports and leisure facilities, a police office and a modernized library, with a café, a crèche, meeting spaces and dance studios all on the same site.


“The current leisure centre serves a local population of 52,000, but new housing projects will increase this significantly over the next few years.


“Also the proportion of older people is rising, so need to make sure we provide primary care services and doctors’ surgeries for a bigger and changing population.”


Clr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, added: “The new facilities will be fantastic. They will include two swimming pools, a large sports hall, a full-size third-generation artificial football pitch and a fitness suite big enough for more than a hundred people. The new hub will meet Warrington’s vision of a healthier, happier and more active population.”


The development will be funded through a loan to LiveWire, to be brokered by the council on favourable terms, with the cash ultimately coming from the Public Works Loan Board.


Jan Souness, managing director of LiveWire, which manages the existing centre and will run the new hub, said: “LiveWire has meticulously researched what local people want and need, ranging from a local GP surgery and health and wellbeing services in a convenient place to sport pitches and a state-of-the-art library that will meet local people’s needs for the digital era.


“Also thanks to this development, more local children will learn to swim, more community groups will find convenient meeting space and more young people will have places to go and things to do.”

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9:42am Tue 11 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)
There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :) GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 4

10:03am Tue 11 Mar 14

grey_man says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)
I think the important thing is to keep spending money in North Warrington while raising it in the South.
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)[/p][/quote]I think the important thing is to keep spending money in North Warrington while raising it in the South. grey_man
  • Score: -7

10:07am Tue 11 Mar 14

Maveric says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)
Yes, but how many years? How long has the Omega site been going on.
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)[/p][/quote]Yes, but how many years? How long has the Omega site been going on. Maveric
  • Score: -2

10:26am Tue 11 Mar 14

Star1307 says...

What about parking for all of these services being offered.
Orford jubilee hub parking there is ridiculous. People want to park on the doorstep, so they park all over the road and in the bus lane. It will take someone getting run over before they do anything about it. There is an overflow carpark and it is always empty as people won't walk a bit further.
What about parking for all of these services being offered. Orford jubilee hub parking there is ridiculous. People want to park on the doorstep, so they park all over the road and in the bus lane. It will take someone getting run over before they do anything about it. There is an overflow carpark and it is always empty as people won't walk a bit further. Star1307
  • Score: 7

10:48am Tue 11 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

grey_man wrote:
GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)
I think the important thing is to keep spending money in North Warrington while raising it in the South.
Well if we have to pay for it then so be it!
Still Grumpy
[quote][p][bold]grey_man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)[/p][/quote]I think the important thing is to keep spending money in North Warrington while raising it in the South.[/p][/quote]Well if we have to pay for it then so be it! Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 6

10:50am Tue 11 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Maveric wrote:
GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)
Yes, but how many years? How long has the Omega site been going on.
Your old surgery only closed last week and you were all moaning about having to go to Orford. So sorry I don't get your comment!
Still Grumpy
[quote][p][bold]Maveric[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)[/p][/quote]Yes, but how many years? How long has the Omega site been going on.[/p][/quote]Your old surgery only closed last week and you were all moaning about having to go to Orford. So sorry I don't get your comment! Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: -1

3:51pm Tue 11 Mar 14

bazoftheyard says...

When is it due to start and more importantly how long will it take / how long will we be without any facilities until its complete ?
When is it due to start and more importantly how long will it take / how long will we be without any facilities until its complete ? bazoftheyard
  • Score: 2

4:17pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Penketh Pony says...

Star1307 wrote:
What about parking for all of these services being offered.
Orford jubilee hub parking there is ridiculous. People want to park on the doorstep, so they park all over the road and in the bus lane. It will take someone getting run over before they do anything about it. There is an overflow carpark and it is always empty as people won't walk a bit further.
You just answered your own question. There is parking, just people are too bloody lazy when going to GYM to park a little further away!

And stop complaining, this is great news!
[quote][p][bold]Star1307[/bold] wrote: What about parking for all of these services being offered. Orford jubilee hub parking there is ridiculous. People want to park on the doorstep, so they park all over the road and in the bus lane. It will take someone getting run over before they do anything about it. There is an overflow carpark and it is always empty as people won't walk a bit further.[/p][/quote]You just answered your own question. There is parking, just people are too bloody lazy when going to GYM to park a little further away! And stop complaining, this is great news! Penketh Pony
  • Score: 3

6:06pm Tue 11 Mar 14

thomaswalker2014 says...

Sounds like a great idea! :)
Sounds like a great idea! :) thomaswalker2014
  • Score: 1

7:01pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Lou_mack says...

Westbrook library will be closed and others to follow to cut costs so that Livewire can fund this new hub. Many local children mums and regular library users will miss out having to travel so far to get to the new library.
Westbrook library will be closed and others to follow to cut costs so that Livewire can fund this new hub. Many local children mums and regular library users will miss out having to travel so far to get to the new library. Lou_mack
  • Score: 1

7:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Lou_mack wrote:
Westbrook library will be closed and others to follow to cut costs so that Livewire can fund this new hub. Many local children mums and regular library users will miss out having to travel so far to get to the new library.
Doctor or a book? Not rocket science! P.S there is a book on that I am sure! Idiot.......
Still Grumpy
[quote][p][bold]Lou_mack[/bold] wrote: Westbrook library will be closed and others to follow to cut costs so that Livewire can fund this new hub. Many local children mums and regular library users will miss out having to travel so far to get to the new library.[/p][/quote]Doctor or a book? Not rocket science! P.S there is a book on that I am sure! Idiot....... Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 2

11:19pm Tue 11 Mar 14

grey-area says...

And if there is about £70k left over, please give it to Dial-a-ride
And if there is about £70k left over, please give it to Dial-a-ride grey-area
  • Score: 0

10:40am Wed 12 Mar 14

grey_man says...

grey_man wrote:
GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)
I think the important thing is to keep spending money in North Warrington while raising it in the South.
Five thumbs down? Good stuff. perhaps one of you could inform me of any investments in facilities in South Warrington that might be deemed equivalent to this new multi-million pound spend or the Orford Hub. Feel free.

And I also agree with the idea that services like dial-a-ride should be preserved as well as this. I'm pretty certain that the costs of that service could be provided with some simple economies.
[quote][p][bold]grey_man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)[/p][/quote]I think the important thing is to keep spending money in North Warrington while raising it in the South.[/p][/quote]Five thumbs down? Good stuff. perhaps one of you could inform me of any investments in facilities in South Warrington that might be deemed equivalent to this new multi-million pound spend or the Orford Hub. Feel free. And I also agree with the idea that services like dial-a-ride should be preserved as well as this. I'm pretty certain that the costs of that service could be provided with some simple economies. grey_man
  • Score: -4

3:42pm Wed 12 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

grey_man wrote:
grey_man wrote:
GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)
I think the important thing is to keep spending money in North Warrington while raising it in the South.
Five thumbs down? Good stuff. perhaps one of you could inform me of any investments in facilities in South Warrington that might be deemed equivalent to this new multi-million pound spend or the Orford Hub. Feel free.

And I also agree with the idea that services like dial-a-ride should be preserved as well as this. I'm pretty certain that the costs of that service could be provided with some simple economies.
No offence but exactly what do we need in south Warrington at this present time, feel free!? And I don't mean frivolous things I mean essential amenities that will benefit the elderly and most vulnerable. Sankey need this facility it's not just a luxury and I don't care where the money comes from.
Still Grumpy (but not a mean south Warrington resident)
[quote][p][bold]grey_man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grey_man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: There you go Sankey people you got your GP surgery back. :)[/p][/quote]I think the important thing is to keep spending money in North Warrington while raising it in the South.[/p][/quote]Five thumbs down? Good stuff. perhaps one of you could inform me of any investments in facilities in South Warrington that might be deemed equivalent to this new multi-million pound spend or the Orford Hub. Feel free. And I also agree with the idea that services like dial-a-ride should be preserved as well as this. I'm pretty certain that the costs of that service could be provided with some simple economies.[/p][/quote]No offence but exactly what do we need in south Warrington at this present time, feel free!? And I don't mean frivolous things I mean essential amenities that will benefit the elderly and most vulnerable. Sankey need this facility it's not just a luxury and I don't care where the money comes from. Still Grumpy (but not a mean south Warrington resident) GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 4

6:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

TherealLB says...

At the risk of pointing out the obvious, Great Sankey is in Warrington WEST. The MP here is David Mowat. And the Penketh and Sankey area is hardly James Turner Street is it? Why does this have to be about a North/South divide?
At the risk of pointing out the obvious, Great Sankey is in Warrington WEST. The MP here is David Mowat. And the Penketh and Sankey area is hardly James Turner Street is it? Why does this have to be about a North/South divide? TherealLB
  • Score: 4

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