South Norfolk Council agrees investment in Long Stratton Leisure Centre

South Norfolk Council has shown its commitment to continue to invest in the health and well-being of its residents by announcing plans for a £2million improvement scheme to Long Stratton Leisure Centre.

The Council recognises the importance of providing quality leisure facilities which will help residents not only become active but remain active in the future. This investment will provide appealing yet affordable leisure facilities that can be used by the whole community. The improved centre will become a community hub where friends and family can spend quality time together for many years to come.

South Norfolk Council’s Chief Executive, Sandra Dinneen said. “Long Stratton Leisure Centre is an integral part of the local community and as such improvements to the centre will work alongside the plan for the whole community set out in the Long Stratton Area Action Plan.

“We know that Long Stratton is going to grow with more than 1,800 new houses being built and this investment will mean that the leisure centre is ready for the increased demand that this planned growth will bring.

“We have consulted our leisure members and the wider community to ensure these improvements are what our residents both want and need.”

Leisure facilities are important to the local community and the investment is part of the creation of a multisport ‘hub’ that will address the current and future sporting needs of both Long Stratton and the surrounding villages.

A new £440,000 3G pitch, which was funded through contributions from South Norfolk Council, Long Stratton High School, Long Stratton Football Club and the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, has already opened and working with the Parish Council there are plans for a new sports pavilion at Manor Road Playing Fields.

South Norfolk Council has recently invested £4 million in its leisure centre in Wymondham. In the year since the centre re-opened that investment has resulted in an 87% increase in membership and 72,000 more visits.