Ponteland residents are being encouraged to have their say on plans for new leisure facilities.
A consultation is under way about what will be available when Ponteland Leisure Centre is re-built as part of a recently approved project that also includes new buildings for Ponteland High School and Ponteland Primary School (as it will be) – with a target completion date of summer 2019.
Launched by Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland, the consultation will share the initial plans for the potential facilities such as the swimming pool, sports hall and outdoor pitches.
It will also gather the views of leisure users so they can be taken into account in the design stage, including what features they would like to see included. Children’s soft play, a bowling alley and a community hub are among the suggestions that have already been put forward.
The new leisure centre, which will be located on its current site, is part of the council’s market towns initiative.
It is proposed that the two schools would have shared access to the leisure facilities during the school day in order to support their sports curricula, while the public would have shared access during the day and access to all areas after school hours.
Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at the county council, said: “The new leisure centre in Ponteland will be designed to meet the needs of the local community.
“We now need to hear from them – they can tell us what they would like us to provide, and I’d urge them to send us their thoughts through the new consultation questionnaire.”
This document is available to download at www.northumberland.gov.uk and the deadline for responses to be submitted is August 11.