Leisure centre could be replaced

November 24 2021

KINGSWOOD Leisure Centre could be replaced as part of regeneration plans.

A scheme to provide a new centre for the area was unveiled as the current centre in Soundwell celebrated its 60th birthday.

Since it opened in September 1961 as Soundwell Baths, generations of residents have learned to swim at the West Country’s first post-war built public indoor pool.

Up until lockdown around half a million visits per year were made by customers using the centre's pool, gym, soft play and other facilities.

The new leisure centre project is included in part of a masterplan for the future of Kingswood's Kings Chase shopping centre, which was bought by South Gloucestershire Council in May. The council has yet to decide on what the current leisure centre site at the corner of Soundwell Road and Church Road would be used for.

A council spokesman said: “Providing a new leisure centre in Kingswood’s Kings Chase shopping centre is a priority for the council and Circadian Trust as part of our regeneration plans for the area. We want to encourage a broader range of uses for land and buildings in Kingswood to include business, leisure, residential and community use, to drive a more active local economy.

"We anticipate the new leisure centre will be built within four to six years and will feature a pool equivalent to the current leisure centre."