£150,000 investment in leisure centre

Eyemouth Leisure Centre / gym / swimming pool
Eyemouth Leisure Centre / gym / swimming pool

Eyemouth Leisure Centre is set to close for two months to allow £150,000 worth of investment to be implemented, reopening early in 2016.

The £150,000 in improvements at the Leisure Centre will be directed by Borders Sport and Leisure.

The key focus for development will be the wet side changing areas with plans in place for new flooring, improved shower facilities, larger cubicles, better lockers and an extension of the disabled changing areas.

The enhancements follow the result of a consultation exercise undertaken by Borders Sport and Leisure with Eyemouth Leisure Centre users earlier this year.

Around 200 people participated in the exercise and provided feedback on the Leisure Centre as well as the facilities and services that they would like to see it provide.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “As a charitable trust it is essential that we focus the resources available to us in the most effective way.

“The feedback we received from our Eyemouth Leisure Centre customers through the consultation exercise we conducted has been invaluable in helping to guide our decision making and we would again like to thank all those who contributed their input.”

The swimming pool at Eyemouth Leisure Centre will close for an eight week period from November 2 to January 4 to allow the works to take place.

The gym and class provisions at the Centre will however continue as usual.

Ewan Jackson added: “We are delighted to be able to make this commitment to Eyemouth Leisure Centre and I am confident that the changes planned will really make a difference to our customers and the service that we provide.

“We hope the centre users can be patient with us during the essential closure period and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the swimming pool in 2016.”

Borders Sport and Leisure asked for customer feedback both on the current programme of activities available at Eyemouth and on what type of activities users would most like to see the organisation offer and invest in for the centre’s future.

Mr Jackson said ahead of the consultation earlier this year: “Leisure time is increasingly important to us all but the types of activities people like to take part is continually changing.

“We are keen to make sure we adapt the products and services we offer to match what our customers want and so are seeking as much input as possible from customer at Eyemouth Leisure Centre on the services available and on what we could do to encourage more people to use 
Eyemouth Leisure Centre more often, now and in the future.”