Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Leisure, said:
“We have made excellent progress following last week’s decision to reopen St Mary’s Leisure Centre and I am thrilled we can now announce the official opening Tuesday.
“I am so proud that we have been able to reopen this much-loved and much-needed leisure centre so quickly, just a couple of months after our new administration took control of the council in May. I look forward to welcoming the local community back and hearing more about their long-term aspirations for this venue at our launch event next week.”
On Tuesday 02 August, Southampton City Council and Active Nation will be hosting a free drop-in session from 5pm to 7pm for local residents and prospective users of St Mary’s Leisure Centre to find out more about what’s on offer, how to book and share their thoughts on the future of the venue.
Stuart Martin, Managing Director at Active Nation, added:
“Our mission is to persuade the nation to be active through physical activity, exercise and sport. The reopening of St Mary’s Leisure Centre will help communities across the city be more active, healthier and happier.
“Active Nation are delighted to be working in partnership and supporting Southampton City Council in the reopening of St Mary’s Leisure Centre. We look forward to welcoming the first of our venue users from Tuesday.”
Councillor Toqeer Kataria, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“We know from feedback we received during the recent consultation that this leisure centre means a lot to the local community and the groups who used it. I am delighted we will now be able to reopen this community asset and work together with the community and Active Nation to ensure St Mary’s Leisure Centre delivers the best outcomes and value for users.
“Now we have achieved our short-term plan of getting St Mary’s Leisure Centre reopen, we can focus on the long-term plan to secure the venue’s future by working in partnership with the local community to establish what that looks like.”
From today, you can book activities at St Mary’s Leisure Centre online. Once the centre is open, you will also be able to book in person at the centre and by telephone.