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Withdean in line for £3 million revamp
Millions of pounds could be spent upgrading Withdean Sports Complex.
The former home of Brighton and Hove Albion is in line for a £3 million upgrade as part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s plans to get more people exercising.
The council, which owns Withdean, will spend the money on improving health and fitness facilities.
The funding will be borrowed and repaid over 25 years out of “increased income”.
It also predicts a £400,000 surplus will be made over this period through higher earnings.
The plans will be debated at council today.
If it gets the go-ahead and planning permission a glazed extension will be added to the front of the tennis centre.
It would include a new reception with café, a larger fitness suite with 125 equipment stations, a bigger dance and exercise studio and refurbished modern changing rooms and toilets.
The council wants to increase participation by almost 70% and attract over 1,000 new members and casual users.
Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, cabinet member for recreation, said: “This is a sign of the council wanting to improve facilities to meet customer expectations.”
“Consultation has shown demand for more gym and exercise facilities, particularly at Withdean. The council wants to help people get healthier and create a great sports complex.”
Later improvements could also include replacing the athletics track – but funding for his has not yet been guaranteed.