Mildenhall: Dome leisure centre to remain open while plans for improved facilities are developed

Councillor Warwick Hirst Councillor Warwick Hirst

Mariam Ghaemi
Thursday, December 26, 2013
12:00 PM

A leisure centre in Mildenhall will be staying open “for as long as possible” to allow plans to be developed to improve facilities in the town.

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In the long term Forest Heath District Council hopes to replace Mildenhall’s Dome Leisure Centre as part of the Mildenhall Hub project, which aims to bring a range of public services together on one site.

On January 7 the council’s cabinet will be asked to authorise the preparation of a new five-year agreement for the leisure centre with Mildenhall College Academy and Suffolk County Council to allow time for the Hub project to develop.

Early next year sees the start of building a business case for the project to make sure it is financially achievable.

Councillor Warwick Hirst, Forest Heath cabinet member for health, leisure and culture, said: “I am really pleased that all the partners involved are making sure the Dome stays open for as long as possible by working closely together to manage a smooth transition from the current leisure provision in Mildenhall to better, cheaper to run facilities.

“This agreement will give a strong commitment to those who enjoy the town’s leisure facilities by providing certainty about access while we look at the best way to replace the Dome and swimming pool.”

The existing agreement between Suffolk County Council and Forest Heath District Council needs amending because the college has changed ownership after gaining academy status.

Forest Heath is responsible for 62% of the property’s overheads and funds Anglia Community Leisure (ACL) to manage the building and provide the community services.