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Congleton Leisure Centre revamp could move step closer

A series of major improvements to Congleton Leisure Centre could move a step closer next week.

Plans from Cheshire East Council include a new swimming pool, children’s soft play area, café and a gym.

The local authority is seeking planning approval for the demolition of the existing pool hall and auxiliary areas, to make way for a six-lane pool, learner pool and changing areas.

The works will also provide improvements elsewhere on the Worrall Street site including the creation of a thermal suite featuring a sauna and steam room, new meeting rooms and the resurfacing and extension of car park areas.

A report to Cheshire East’s northern planning committee, which meets next Wednesday (13 March), is recommending that authority be delegated to the head of planning, in consultation with the chairman of the northern planning committee, to approve the plans.

As a result of the proposed extension, a playing pitch currently used by Congleton Rugby Club would be lost.

In order to partially alleviate the loss of space, an area of existing car park is to be returned to grass for use by the rugby club.

Earlier this year, councillor Liz Wardlaw, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, described the leisure centre – which has not received significant investment since it opened in 1973 – as “not fit for purpose”.