Trafford Council has launched a public consultation regarding plans to transform Stretford Leisure Centre into a state-of-the-art facility - supporting the health and wellbeing of local residents.
Plans for the centre on Chester Road in Stretford were approved by members of Trafford Council’s Executive last week (Monday 20 February), and now the consultation will take place, both online and in person, to find out what residents and users think of the proposals.
The centre – branded move Stretford and operated by Trafford Leisure – will benefit from a refurbished 25m swimming pool; a 20m learner pool, an enlarged lobby area and café; two separate gender-specific wet changing rooms, separate family wet changing room and accessible changing room; two changing places facilities and two separate sports hall changing rooms.
There will also be a sauna and steam room; an enlarged fitness suite; a ladies only gym; two flexible studio spaces; an immersive spin studio; a four court sports hall; and a three-lane Urban Cricket Centre with viewing gallery and padding up facility.
The consultation will run from 28th February until 10th April and can be viewed and completed on our Citizen Space page here https://trafford.citizenspace.com/people/stretford-leisure-centre-consultation
Drop-in consultation events will also take place on the following dates:
- 8th March 11am – 1pm at Limelight Centre, 1 St Brides Way, Old Trafford, M16 9NW
- 14th March 10am – 12pm at Stretford Leisure Centre, Chester Centre, Greatstone Road, M32 OZS
- 16th March 6pm – 8pm at Stretford Leisure Centre, Chester Centre, Greatstone Road, M32 OZS
- 18th March 10am – 12pm at Stretford Leisure Centre, Chester Centre, Greatstone Road, M32 OZS
- 21st March 11am – 1pm at Stretford Library, Kingsway, Stretford, M32 8AP
The redevelopment designs also include the replacement of the fossil fuel (gas) heating system with air sourced heat pumps and solar panels, which are significantly more sustainable options and support Trafford Council’s carbon neutral action plan.
The investment supports Trafford Council’s strategy and commitment to get more people moving more often as part of its physical activity strategy, ‘Trafford Moving’, a borough-wide long-term strategy to support the health and wellbeing of local residents through affordable, sustainable, accessible and exciting, modern leisure facilities.
Cllr Joanne Harding, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “We are totally committed to the health and wellbeing of our community, and a key element of this is to improve our much-loved leisure centres. We are planning to provide fabulous, modern, state-of-the-art leisure centres to help our residents become more physically active.
“This consultation is designed to help residents decide what facilities they would like to see at Stretford Leisure Centre. We ask people to take the time to view our extensive plans and contribute to our consultation.”
Jo Cherrett is CEO of Trafford Leisure, a community interest company, wholly owned by Trafford Council, which manages the facilities on behalf of Trafford Council. She said: “We value your opinions and we really urge the community to share their voice on the council’s proposals so we can move to the next stage swiftly and effectively.
“We have learnt a lot from the recent and successful redevelopment of move Urmston, with building works currently underway at move Altrincham, and are looking forward to supporting Trafford Council in making move Stretford, a reality.”
Posted on Tuesday 28th February 2023