Sevenoaks District Council is proposing to build a brand new leisure centre in Swanley.
The current White Oak Leisure Centre was built in 1967 and has served generations of Swanley residents for more than 50 years.
But, due to its age and condition, it is coming to the end of its life. It is expensive to run, uses a lot of energy, and will cost too much to repair.
The Council is proposing is to build a modern leisure centre offering a first class experience for residents and visitors, a swimming and learner pool, a new 100 station gym with modern equipment, rooms for classes and other events, alongside new and exciting activities, including Tag Active and Parkour.
It would also be energy efficient, powered partially by solar energy, better for the environment and with lower running costs.Car parking would be provided for around 153 vehicles and there will would be dedicated cycle parking.
The new centre would be built in the grounds of the current White Oak Leisure Centre, which would remain open during construction. The cost of the new centre would be around £17 million, which would be paid back over a number of years.
After the new leisure centre is open, some new homes would be built on the White Oak site to help pay towards the new centre.
Sevenoaks District Council will be holding four drop in events, over four days, in locations in Swanley from Wednesday 6th March to showcase the plans.
The drop-in events take place on:
Wednesday 6th March – Swanley Market 10am to 3pm
Thursday 7th March – White Oak Leisure Centre 10am to 8pm
Friday 8th March – White Oak Leisure Centre 10am to 8pm
Saturday 9th March – Swanley Link 10am to 3pm
A planning application for the new centre should be submitted later this year when residents will have an opportunity to comment on the plans.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Health, Cllr Michelle Lowe, says: “We are really excited about the new plan for White Oak. The modernised centre will provide excellent services for the town and will be more environmentally friendly than the current centre.”
Cllr Lowe also adds: “White Oak is an integral part of Swanley. We have worked closely with industry experts to put forward proposals for a centre that is economically viable while offering activities that reflect contemporary leisure trends. We believe these plans offer the best opportunity to continue to provide leisure in the town for generations to come.”