Plans unveiled for Denton ‘Wellness Centre’
Wednesday 11th October 2017 15:59 Denton & Audenshaw News Posted by Lee Wild

Plans have been unveiled for a new multi-million pound ‘Wellness Centre’ at the heart of Denton.

The development, on the brownfield land next to the new Denton Link Road on the former Oldham Batteries site, is part of Tameside Council’s £20m pledge to improve the provision of sports and leisure facilities across Tameside.

The Wellness Centre is the flagship development of the programme and will include a 25 metre pool, a smaller 17m x 8m pool and spa facilities.

The 25m pool will be designed to Sport England specification, complete with seating for 150 people to allow viewing for local aquatic competitions.

A ten pin bowling alley will also be incorporated into the building, alongside wellness consultation rooms, soft play facilities and a flexible community room for use by local residents.

In addition to that, there’ll also be a fitness centre, including activity studios, a community gathering space and a cafe.

The entire centre will be designed to be a dementia friendly environment and will include safe cycle storage.

The site of the former Oldham Batteries has been vacant since it was closed in 2012 and has been prioritised for development by the council as a brownfield site.

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member for Health and Working, said: “By building the wellness centre, our intention is to extend the range of top-class sports and leisure facilities that Tameside offers.

“These combine the more traditional, such as swimming pools and the iTrain gym in Dukinfield, with our new family fun centres – Total Adrenaline in Longdendale and Sky High in Droylsden.

“We want to support people in keeping as active and healthy as possible. The wellness centre will provide even more exciting activities and options to help them. However, before we can progress, we need the views and opinions of our residents.”

A public consultation on the plans is now underway and runs until Sunday 5 November 2017.

The plans can be viewed online at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/wellnesscentre or at the public exhibitions. They take place on Monday 16 October 10am – 3pm at Ashton Market Hall, Market Street, Ashton and on Friday 20 October 2017 2pm – 7pm at the Denton Festival Hall, peel Street, Denton.

Comments can also be made via email to [email protected] or by phone to 0800 298 7040.