Plans for a new and innovative Wellbeing Hub in Alloa have taken a significant step forward with a concept design for the Hub expected to be available by May 2022.
Work has progressed on an Options Appraisal to consider the viability, feasibility and needs of the new Hub. A long list of options has included taking learning from other well-being projects with similar aims across the UK including in Bradford and Chiltern as well as internationally and is now being considered.
Two possible sites for the Hub have been identified - Alloa West and the former Alloa Leisure Bowl site.
Feedback from recent public engagement is being taken into consideration and the principles of Community Wealth Building; Environmental Sustainability; Affordability & Inclusivity and Accessibility will be applied before a final decision on the site for the new Hub is taken.
A new leisure website has also been developed to raise awareness of existing activities and leisure opportunities within Clackmannanshire and how residents can book them. This includes interim swimming provision which continues to be offered at Dollar Academy and for children with additional support needs at Alloa Academy Hydropool. The website also contains the results of recent public surveys about leisure and wellbeing.
The meeting also heard that an award has been made for the design of an interim swimming pool. A full business case, which includes the costs of P5 swimming lessons as part of the interim pool arrangements, will be brought to Council in the near future.
Councillor Craig Holden, Spokesperson for Environment and Housing, said: “Our main priority is to provide a Wellbeing Hub with first class facilities for the people of Clackmannanshire and I am pleased that we are progressing at a pace towards this.”
“As the Portfolio Holder for Place I am determined to ensure the delivery of the interim swimming pool and the Wellbeing Hub and I am working very closely with officers to ensure this happens.
“This is a complex process, particularly around interim swimming provision, and we will continue to keep our residents updated.”