AMBITIOUS plans to spend £33m on revamping sports centres in East Hampshire have been agreed.
Around £500,000 is set to be spent on Green Lane Community Sports Centre in Clanfield before 2014 to provide a wider range of activities and attract more people. A report to East Hampshire District Council cabinet outlined a proposed timetable for the work across the district, due to be completed by 2026.
Proposals include spending £5m redeveloping the Taro leisure centre in Petersfield and improving sports facilities at Penns Place. The southern parishes, which include Clanfield, have been identified as a priority.
Tim Slater, executive head of the council’s economy and communities department, said: ‘The leisure centres in the district are ageing and there are requirements for investment to ensure continued provision of leisure.
‘In the south there is a need for additional community provision.’
There are no extra, new facilities planned, as sports centres at Havant will cover any local lack, says a report.
Each regeneration project would need approval of a detailed business case before any work begins.
Cllr Glynis Watts, who is in charge of regeneration in East Hampshire, said: ‘By agreeing this, we are a step closer to safeguarding these facilities for the future.’
Funding will come from council coffers, borrowing and private investment.