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East Herts is fighting fit with major investment in leisure

East Herts Council is investing £29m to improve its leisure centres in Hertford and Bishop's Stortford.

Hartham Leisure Centre in Hertford will be renovated and expanded with a brand new state of the art gym, additional studio space, a new café opening onto Hartham Common, a soft play facility and improved changing and spectator areas for the pool. There will also be additional parking spaces and changes to the entrance layout.

A brand new leisure centre will be built to the south of the current Grange Paddocks facility in Bishop's Stortford, which will include a new state of the art gym, additional studio spaces and a café. In the pool area there will be an 8 lane 25m main pool, a teaching pool and a confidence pool for toddlers. Once completed, the old site will then be demolished and football pitches will be reinstated. There is also a new 3G pitch proposed to the south of the new leisure centre, which will be submitted as a separate planning application in the autumn of this year.

To have your say, come along to one of our drop in events, these will be held at:


For Grange Paddocks

Launchpad, Charringtons House, Bishop's Stortford

3pm-8pm on 11 June;

3pm- 7pm on 14 June; and

10am-4pm on 15 June


For Hartham

River Room, Hertford Theatre, Hertford

3pm-8pm on 25 June;

3pm-7pm on 28 June; and

10am-4pm on 29 June


Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing, East Herts Council, said:

"We are delighted to be making such a big investment in our leisure centres and to be able to provide state of the art services and facilities to our residents.

"The health and wellbeing of our residents is of upmost important to the council and, at a time when budgets are so tight, it is fantastic to be able to offer so much support to leisure services in our district."

Following these events, the council will refine their plans in readiness to submit planning applications for both leisure centres later in the autumn. The 3G pitch application will be submitted in the autumn. During this process, the council will be out to tender to appoint an operator who will be ensuring the new centres deliver the right services for local residents.



June 6 2019