In today’s Budget the Chancellor announced our campaign for a New 22 million pound net zero pool and Leisure Centre has been successful! The Labour Councillors in Outer West Wards, joined with Catherine McKinnell MP to call on the Conservative Government to back Newcastle City Council’s bid in June this year.
Labour Councillors, Catherine McKinnell and Newcastle Labour Leader Nick Forbes believed that the Labour-led Council’s proposal would improve residents’ physical health and mental wellbeing, bring communities together and help to rejuvenate the Outer West. That’s why they campaigned and supported the Council’s bid to build a new leisure centre and pool in the Outer West.
Cllr Forbes, “I am so pleased that the people of the Outer West will be getting a new state of the art leisure centre. The council shared the community’s disappointment when GLL said they would not be reopening West Denton Pool. We considered funding but felt that a new leisure facility with a sports hall, gym and pool would be a great opportunity to provide much better sports facilities across the board for residents. We are delighted the Government has agreed with us and look forward to work starting on this new facility for the people of the Outer West.”
Catherine Mckinnell MP “I’m absolutely thrilled that our campaign for a new, £22m state of the art Leisure Centre in the Outer West of Newcastle has been successful. I want to thank all residents who signed my petition and supported the campaign. I’ve pressed Ministers, including the Prime Minister himself, at every opportunity to back this bid and I’m really grateful the Government has got on board. We were all sad to see the closure of the much-valued West Denton Pool last year, but this new centre will ensure residents in the Outer West have access to a swimming pool, ultra-modern sports facilities, as well as a café, library, and community space. As well as being potentially transformational for health outcome, the Centre can act as an anchor in the local community, attracting more residents to nearby services including the Outer West Library and playing an important part in rejuvenating the local area.”
The new centre would be a community hub with a swimming pool, sports hall and gym, as well as a café, library and hire space.
We are pleased the Government has supported the City Council’s bid and pleased our campaign has been successful.
Cllr Simon Barnes (Denton and Westerhope)
Cllr David Cook (Lemington)
Cllr Steve Fairlie (Callerton and Throckley)
Cllr Alexander Hay (Kingston Park South and Newbiggin Hall)
Cllr Brian Hunter (Denton and Westerhope)
Cllr George Pattison (Kingston Park South and Newbiggin Hall)
Cllr Jacqui Robinson (Kingston Park South and Newbiggin Hall)
Cllr Kyle Webster (Lemington)
Cllr Linda Wright (Callerton and Throckley)