Vote to take place on future of Crowtree Leisure Centre

Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland
Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland
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CITY councillors will vote on the axing of Crowtree Leisure Centre next week.

The Echo revealed last month that plans are in place to demolish most of the 40-year-old centre to free the land for development.

A report on the process to appoint contractors, lansdcaping plans and the disposal of the site will go before the city council’s cabinet on Wednesday.

Cabinet secretary Coun Mel Speding said: “This report outlines how the Crowtree site will create a development opportunity for retail and other suitable city centre uses.

“The report notes how this development opportunity is part of the council’s ongoing plans for improving the economic performance of the city centre as outlined in our Economic Masterplan.”

If the proposals get the thumbs-up, work could start in May and be completed by the end of the year.

Crowtree Leisure Centre has been open to club and sports hall block bookings only since October 2011, with no “drop in” or “casual” bookings”.

The new scheme envisages keeping a section of the building which officers say is an integral part of The Bridges and offers the potential for future retail, food and drink development.

Wednesday’s cabinet report says: “The future prosperity and growth of the city centre is in part dependent on the availability of development sites that will meet the modern day requirements of investors and developers.

“It is important sites are readily available and free from planning and development risk that deter development interest. By identifying and bringing forward a supply of sites, the city centre will be well placed to benefit from any upturn in the economy.”

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