Plans announced for new Morpeth leisure centre

Morpeth is set for up to £18m investment in a new leisure centre.

The money earmarked in the council’s forthcoming budget has been welcomed by local councillors and the Morpeth Forum which has been hosting drop-in sessions with the community for the last two years through its Morpeth Masterplan work.

Councillor Cath Homer, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism, said, “Morpeth leisure centre has been pretty much untouched for 20 years or more.

“Its condition is a disappointment for many people looking to swim, exercise and keep fit. The County Council is convinced that by investing in a new centre they can provide modern and attractive all weather facilities, drive up membership and significantly increase health and well-being in the community.

The local County Councillor for Morpeth North Ward David Bawn added: “The planned investment in what will be a new leisure centre is very welcome news.

“The existing facility is looking very outdated. With our population in Morpeth set to rocket we need to make sure sports facilities match the expectations of residents.”

Speaking on behalf of the Morpeth Forum, Cllr Nic Best said: “The issue of leisure facilities in Morpeth has been a common point of concern for residents in the drop-in sessions held by the Morpeth Forum.  

“The County Council budget needs to be confirmed by a vote in late February shortly after which the next drop-in session will be held outlining details of the scheme and the timeline for construction.”
 
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