A multi-million pound investment programme to transform Bungay Pool & Gym has been approved by Waveney District Council.
Councillors have agreed to invest £3.4m in the site, creating an attractive, updated and modern leisure facility, which will include a new sauna, changing area including individual cubicles with showers, an air-conditioned poolside viewing area and re-decoration throughout.
With the centre becoming somewhat tired and outdated, the council has listened to customers and a project has been developed with the Council’s Development Partners, Pulse Design & Build.
The work is due to commence in September, and will take approximately 10 months to complete, with full re-opening due for the summer of 2020. The Council’s operating partner, Sentinel Leisure Trust, will be supporting the Council and Pulse Design and Build with the close down and reopening of the facility.
When the facility re-opens it will be renamed as the Waveney Valley Leisure Centre.
Cllr Graham Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Operations & Facilities said: “This is a really great day for the Waveney Valley. With the facility showing its age a little now, we have been quietly working on this project for two years now and I am delighted that we can finally make this announcement.
“As Cabinet Member with responsibility for Leisure Services I have been determined to get this pool up to standard and provide something we can all be proud of. Leisure activity for our children and all other ages is more important than ever. With so many other distractions we must encourage our children to be more physically active and providing modern, updated facilities for everyone at affordable prices is key to that.
“The facility is ideally situated at the centre of our rural area with easy access from our main Market Towns and I can’t wait to see the finished results later next year."
Andy Wilson-Sutter, Chairman of Sentinel Leisure Trust added: “This is great news for the clubs and customers of the centre and residents of Waveney. This investment will bring the centre up the modern quality of Waterlane Leisure Centre and provide a much enhanced and pleasant experience for our members and clubs”.