£275,000 upgrade for Burnley gym

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MORE than a quarter of a million pounds is being spent on improving health and fitness in Burnley.

Burnley Council’s executive has agreed to invest £275,000 in upgrading the gym at St Peter’s Leisure Centre.

The investment means that, by September, the centre will have replaced around 75 of its fitness stations with new, more up-to-date ones, upgraded and refurbished the fitness facility and adjacent areas and will also offer a full personal training service.

Neil Hutchinson, the council’s leisure facilities manager, said: “Last year we were finalists in the Local Authority Gym of The Year awards, and to ensure we continue to provide a top quality service for our existing members, while continuing to grow our membership, we are investing a significant amount of money upgrading our current fitness equipment.

“The council is keen to ensure that the new equipment will be innovative, easy to use and a high quality offering that will provide high quality fitness facilities in the area at an affordable price.”

The council will undertake a detailed procurement exercise to ensure it gets best value for money.

Mr Hutchinson added: “We are currently trialling different types of equipment so please come and have a go and give us your feedback.

“We will keep customers informed of exact dates as the project progresses via our website and customer notices.”

The executive has also agreed to release £40,000 to update technical equipment at the Mechanics Theatre, and a further £15,000 to install CCTV at the theatre.

Gerard Vinton, the council’s head of sport and culture, said: “These investments will enable the council to continue to offer great facilities and great value to its customers, whether they’re losing weight in the gym or having a great night out at the theatre.”