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Marylebone Library update

Recent public engagement regarding the new Marylebone Library and on-going consultation regarding the leisure provision at Seymour Leisure Centre has highlighted the need to align improvements to the leisure facility. Accordingly, the consultation planned for September will be delayed while we investigate opportunities to enhance the swimming pool and consider a broader approach to creating a community facility that is fit for the future.

The swimming pool and tank at the leisure centre requires upgrading due to its age and deteriorating condition. Following some initial consultation with swimming pool users, we are now conducting feasibility studies to consider the options open to us to improve the facility. We are also using this opportunity to consider accessibility improvements for older and disabled users to provide a fully inclusive swimming pool facility. 

One of the options available to us is the provision of a larger pool. However detailed user analysis of existing facility areas will be conducted to ensure we provide a balanced and possibly expanded offer to all users.

The proposed new Marylebone Library at Seymour Leisure Centre may require a revised design comparable with the space presented at the engagement stage earlier this year. Therefore, it is prudent for us to wait before consulting on detailed designs following users’ and stakeholders’ feedback on the initial proposals. Rest assured that this valuable feedback gathered during the engagement stage earlier this year will be used when considering potential revised designs for the library.

We very much remain committed to delivering the library at Seymour Leisure Centre, but we also have to consider protecting the longevity of the leisure facility to provide an excellent community facility for all.

Once options for the swimming pool are clear following the feasibility studies, we will consult on this, along with the proposed library to ensure all users have an opportunity to have their say.

An update will be provided later this year when we have further information.

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Last updated: 2 August 2018
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