On Tuesday, 7 July, Medway Council’s Cabinet will meet to consider recommendations for up to £5million investment in Splashes Sports Centre in Rainham.
Splashes Sports Centre is a well-used and much-loved leisure facility which offers Medway’s only family fun pool, including a flume and wave machine.
The building is now 30 years old and has required a lot of maintenance in recent years.
The paper, which will be considered by Cabinet, sets out a proposal to create a centre which offers fun family-friendly activities which complement sessions held at Medway’s other sports centres as well as improvements to the building.
Proposed plans include the potential to provide modern changing facilities suitable for families including family change, baby change and showers; spaces for family friendly activities such as party rooms; future-proofing the centre by utilising solar power and rainfall collections; updating and renewing the flume and providing a café.
Cabinet will also consider recommendations to add £135,000 to the council’s capital programme to invest in play areas. The paper, which will be discussed by Cabinet on 7 July, states that the funding will be used to provide a long-term future for play areas across Medway and will support the council’s aspiration to become a Child-Friendly City, putting Medway’s young people at the centre of everything the council does.
Cabinet will discuss and decide on whether to approve the recommendations at the public meeting, which will be livestreamed on Medway Council’s website, on 7 July, from 3pm.
Continuing to look ahead and invest and improve our community facilities
Cllr Howard Doe, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Medway Council, said: “Splashes Sports Centre is a well-used leisure facility which is not only popular with families across Medway but also attracts families from further afield. It is in need of refurbishment and I will be recommending that Cabinet approves the proposal to invest up to £5million to future-proof the centre and make it even better for residents and visitors to enjoy. I will also be seeking Cabinet’s approval to invest a further £135,000 into our play areas. If approved, both proposals would help support our aspiration to become a Child-Friendly city, putting young people at the centre of everything we do. Although our council services are busy continuing to respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic it is very important that we continue to look ahead and invest and improve in our community facilities.”