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17 October 2018

Leisure services relocated in Melksham

Our decision to close the centre wasn't taken lightly and we know there has been some local concern. However, it's important that we focus on future provision and the new leisure facilities and community services that will be delivered

Wiltshire Council cabinet member for leisure and communities, John Thomson

Almost 30 leisure classes, clubs and services will be relocated as Christie Miller Sports Centre closes this Friday (19 October).

Wiltshire Council and Places for People working together, have taken steps to ensure that local people can continue to access leisure activities and facilities. Thirteen exercise classes have been relocated to Melksham Assembly Hall including the specialist active health classes, Cardiac Phase IV and Exercise after Stroke, which are vitally important to supporting the health and wellbeing of many customers. The Falls class has been relocated to the Scout Hut in Melksham.

In addition, another 14 other clubs and organisations ranging from martial arts and badminton to dance and volleyball, have been relocated to other venues and work is ongoing to help support the remaining few classes to find alternative venues.

Christie Miller Sports Centre users are able to use facilities located nearby including Melksham Blue Pool, which offers swimming and a fitness suite. The Blue Pool fitness suite has recently benefitted from refurbishment including a new area for functional training, flooring, layout, and resistance and cardio vascular equipment.

Alternative facilities are also available in Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Chippenham and Corsham.

All users with membership at Christie Miller Sports Centre will automatically have this membership transferred to Melksham Blue Pool facilities.

Melksham will benefit from a wide range of exciting new sports facilities as part of the community campus project, which is expected to open in 2021.

The decision to close Christie Miller Sports Centre followed an inspection that confirmed investment would be needed for the building to remain open and be safe for uses. Any money allocated to work at the centre would be allocated from funding earmarked for the new campus.

Over the past 18 months the first phase of the campus programme has been completed with almost £10m invested so far, including;

  • Oakfields sports stadium
  • Market Place revamp
  • Creation of an outdoor skate park
  • A new cricket pavilion

The Indoor Bowls Club will continue to receive support from the council and £150k has been allocated as part of the campus budget to assist with a new facility.

Wiltshire Council cabinet member for leisure and communities, John Thomson said: "As soon as we announced the decision to close Christie Miller Sports Centre we have worked with Places for People, who manage the centre on our behalf, to do all we can to support the clubs and members to relocate services and facilities. Melksham does have the Blue Pool located in the town centre which offers a range of services, and we're pleased that Melksham Assembly Hall has been able to host a significant number of the exercise classes offered.

"Our decision to close the centre wasn't taken lightly and we know there has been some local concern. However, it's important that we focus on future provision and the new leisure facilities and community services that will be delivered."

If people want information on the leisure facilities in the Melksham area and beyond they should visit http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure.

Last updated: 17 October 2018 | Last reviewed: 17 October 2018

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