Plans for £6m Godalming leisure centre move forward

Artist's impression of leisure centre
Image caption The leisure centre will have a swimming pool, gym, dance studio and cafe

Plans to build a £6m leisure centre with "facilities to rival private health clubs" have moved forward in Surrey, Waverley council has said.

Contractors have submitted plans for Godalming's leisure centre, which is being funded by the local authority.

Designs include a swimming pool, gym, dance studio and cafe.

A biomass boiler and solar panels have also been included to cut running costs and generate income from production of electricity, the council added.

Under the plans, the centre will be built next to the town's old leisure centre, which will be demolished at the end of the project.

Information on the council's website said continuing to maintain the current leisure centre, next to Broadwater Park, was not financially viable.

The Conservative-run local authority has put £2.6m to one side to pay for the £6m centre, and the balance of about £3.5m would be borrowed and repaid over 15 years.

Councillor Roger Steel said: "Building a new leisure centre in Godalming is a top priority for Waverley and receiving the planning application is another major milestone reached."

Plans can be viewed on the council website and people can comment until 11 February, before a planning decision is made in March.

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