Ideas guiding the future of leisure centres are adopted

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The first part of the new leisure strategy for Dunstable, Houghton Regis, and elsewhere in Central Beds, has been adopted.

Central Beds Council’s executive committee has adopted the first “chapter”, which guides the future of leisure facilities.

Strategic priorities include refurbishing Dunstable Leisure Centre and providing a replacement for Houghton Regis Leisure Centre, close to the current centre site. They are considered priorities for the medium-term, over the next two to seven years.

The council is also looking at whether Houghton’s swimming pool could be reopened in the short-term.

It says it was found that although there is a relatively low supply of leisure facilities in Central Beds, they are well-located to meet demand. However, they are at capacity and need to be expanded to account for new homes and population growth.

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