Cabinet approves Chiltern Lifestyle Centre

The business case for the new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre has been approved by Chiltern District Council's Cabinet.

At a meeting yesterday evening (20 August), Cabinet Members agreed the business case for the new leisure and community centre, which will replace the current Chiltern Pools facility off Chiltern Avenue in Amersham.

Planning permission for the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre was approved, subject to conditions, on 23 July this year.

Cllr Mike Stannard, CDC Cabinet Member for Support Services, said: "The Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will be a fantastic new leisure and community centre for Amersham and the surrounding areas and I am delighted that the business case has been approved by Cabinet. After the initial years of development, the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will deliver a good return on investment, providing a source of income for the new unitary authority, Buckinghamshire Council, and enabling the facility to be delivered at no additional cost to the council tax payer.

"As part of these proposals, we will also be investing in the leisure centres in Chalfont St Peter and Chesham, starting when the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre building work commences. This means local residents in Amersham and surrounding towns and villages will be able to access excellent facilities for physical activity, social interaction and community activities, enabling the community to lead healthier lifestyles."

The existing buildings on the King George V site will be demolished - apart from the historic barns - and will be replaced by a leisure, sport and community building featuring a gym, a spa, an eight-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a diving / teaching pool, a children's splash pad area, a four badminton court sports hall, squash courts, a climbing wall, library, café area and community centre, plus space for the nursery, soft play and climb. There will also be external sports equipment, multi-use games area, play areas and associated parking and landscaping.

The old Chiltern Pools centre is no longer fit for purpose; having been built in 1965 it is not only aesthetically showing its age, but also requires urgent repair or replacement in some key areas of the facility, making it uneconomical to run long-term. The proposed new centre has been designed to high quality standards which will reduce the ongoing management costs that arise from operating older centres. The proposed Lifestyle Centre, along with the improvements to the centres at Chesham and Chalfont will significantly reduce the Council's Co2 emissions and will be one of only two A-rated buildings of this kind in the country.

The Chiltern Lifestyle Centre project, including the business case, will now be considered by the Buckinghamshire Shadow Executive at a meeting on 10 September 2019.