Great Yarmouth’s Marina Centre ‘should be torn down’ - says report

Views from sea of the Yarmouth Outer Harbour, Marina Centre and seafront.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Views from sea of the Yarmouth Outer Harbour, Marina Centre and seafront. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

It has been recommended that the Marina Centre on Great Yarmouth's sea front be torn down and replaced with a new facility.

A full meeting of Great Yarmouth Borough Council will be discuss the future of the popular leisure complex next week.

Councillors will hear next Thursday that officers have recommend that replacing the Marina Centre with a new and improved centre, with a designed life of up to 40 years, represents better value for money than refurbishing the existing.

MORE: New vision for Great Yarmouth's Marina Centre as council looks for private fundingFollowing an initial feasibility study and options appraisal, the full council will be asked on November 2 to progress one of the new-build options through undertaking a detailed feasibility study.

The facilities currently proposed include an eight-lane 25m pool with poolside spectator seating; learner pool; poolside health suite with sauna, steam and spa; interactive indoor climbing; sports hall; 100-station health and fitness gym; fitness studio; spin studio; squash courts; café and 250 parking spaces. Further exploration of including an additional leisure water facility at the centre is also recommended.

A detailed feasibility study would further develop and progress the identified option, including the design and facilities mix, a detailed costs review, external funding opportunities, car parking options, and further engagement.

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In a joint statement, the council's political group leaders said: 'The council is committed to modernising and enhancing the health and fitness activities and opportunities available to communities across the borough. The Marina Centre plays a key role in meeting that commitment, while contributing to the year-round tourism economy from a prime location on the Golden Mile.

'While the decision is one for full council, we are pleased that this report is coming forward to enable all members to have a collective discussion around the proposed redevelopment and moving forward this important project to the next stage of development. The work to date has been developed with input from a cross-party group of councillors, who have been actively working together and engaged in exploring the options.'

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They could not comment further until council have discussed the report.

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