Berwick leisure centre plans open for public scrutiny

The Swan Centre sports centre in Berwick.
The Swan Centre sports centre in Berwick.

The public are being invited to have their say on plans for a brand new leisure centre in Berwick.

Northumberland County Council announced proposals for a new leisure centre for Berwick in December.

A special drop-in session has now been arranged over two days to get initial views from local residents on future plans.

The first event will take place at Berwick Workspace on Tuesday, March 14, from 2pm-7pm and the following day at the Swan Centre, again from 2pm-7pm.

The sessions will give people the opportunity to have their say on whether the current Swan Centre site is the right place for the new centre to be built, as well as what facilities residents and users would like to see within the new venue.

Council leader Grant Davey said: “I am very aware of the demand and need for 21st century leisure and culture facilities in Berwick, particularly to ensure the wellbeing needs of our communities are served correctly.

“While Berwick is not the oldest of our leisure centres, a range of alterations over the years means it doesn’t meet the highest modern standards.

“This will be one of the most significant investments in the town for years and we want to involve local residents from the start in giving their views on they would want to see included.”

In July last year plans were outlined for a £3.5 million transformation of the current Swan Centre, to modernise the look and feel of the centre and also address a gap in sports and leisure provision in Berwick.

A range of new facilities was considered such as a 10-pin bowling; a new soft play area; clip n’ climb (climbing walls); a fitness and dance studio; a café; new water features for younger children in the pool hall. But by December the council was looking at a completely new building.