Members of the public are being encouraged to share their views on the ambitious proposals for a Crewe Lifestyle Centre at Christchurch car parks.
The lifestyle centre is a ground-breaking concept that could see a host of vital community services housed under the same roof, with improved health and wellbeing at its core.
A public engagement exercise has begun at Crewe Library today (Monday, January 13) and will run until Wednesday, January 22.
The whole project team will be available on January 22, between 2pm and 7.30pm, to answer any questions personally.
During the engagement, residents are being encouraged to look at the proposals and fill out a feedback form.
Cabinet member for health and wellbeing Councillor Janet Clowes said: “It’s really important that we develop this ambitious project with as much local insight as we can possibly gather – so all your views are important.
“The lifestyle centre offers an exciting opportunity to help address the serious health issues that exist in Crewe and will form an important part of the Council’s wider joint health and wellbeing strategy designed to reduce avoidable premature deaths and health inequalities, where they occur in Cheshire East.
“We want to know what you think of the proposals and how we can improve them so that the community can have the health and wellbeing facilities that will best meet their needs and address the fact that some people in Crewe actually die a whole decade earlier than residents in other parts of the Borough.
“In addition, the lifestyle centre will complement proposals for a new cultural quarter in the town, with a new state-of-the-art library proposed within the lifestyle centre.”
The proposed lifestyle centre will house an eight-lane 25m pool, plus a large teaching pool, sports courts, modern, fully-equipped fitness suites, large multi-use spaces for use by the community and children and adult social care services.
The centre is aiming to be at the technological forefront in terms of environmental sustainability - bringing down the costs of services CEC provide.
Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones added that the new site had undergone extensive investigations for its suitability.
He said: “By the end of the month, we hope to be able to submit a planning application to see if this site is a real possibility.
“The planning process will have to take into account a number of factors, including highways.
“We really want local people to be fully engaged with what’s going on and that’s why we’ve launched the engagement process, where people can make suggestions and say what they think about the proposals. We will also be working closely with local members.”