Agenda and minutes

Places Leisure Eastleigh Consultative Group - Tuesday, 22 March 2016 7:00 pm

Venue: The Garden Room, Park Suite, Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh

Contact: Cheryll Kemsley, Democratic Services Officer Tel: 023 8068 8112 Email: 

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Minutes of Previous Meeting and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 133 KB


The Minutes of the meetings held 13 October 2015 were agreed as a correct record after the following amendments:


·  Councillor Pragnell attended the meeting.

·  Sub-aqua Club – It was reported that club members were looking forward to the new facilities particularly as the new pool would have an equal depth.


Matters arising – Lydia Browning reported it was anticipated a new Swim Head Coach would be appointed by the end of the week.


Fleming Park Leisure Centre Redevelopment Project update


Andy Thompson informed the group that the new Fleming Park Leisure Centre had been awarded a £2m grant from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund. Janine Pickering EBC Sports Development Manager was instrumental in the successful bid.

One of the region’s biggest leisure developments got the final go-ahead Wednesday 16 March when Eastleigh councillors appointed the developers for Fleming Park Leisure Centre. Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet have formally appointed Interserve, the international support service and construction group, as main contractor for the redevelopment of the centre.  The building has been designed by AHR architects.

The new Fleming Park Leisure Centre will take shape adjacent to the current building, with the existing centre continuing to operate as normal during the construction period, with customers able use all its facilities.

This is with the exception of the Tennis Courts, however, it has been ascertained there are ample Tennis Courts in the Borough.


The centre is projected to cost £25 million to build, but this will be at no revenue cost to the Council and therefore no cost to the Council Tax-payer. The centre will be funded with grants from Sport England (£2 million) and Netball England (£90,000) with the remainder from Eastleigh Borough Council.

Councillors have also agreed the extension of the operating contract with Places for People Leisure for 20 years from the opening of the new leisure centre and an extension of the lease of the site for a corresponding period, with the management fee from the new centre paying the cost of borrowing by the Council for the new centre.

For the latest news on the Fleming Park Development see:


Eastleigh & District Sports Association for the Disabled (EDSAD) inquired about efficient swimming pool hoists. As impairments can be different it is difficult to find a universal hoist. A Poolpod pool access lift is a possible solution although it costs c£16k and can be unreliable. Anne Hardy to assist EDSAD with hoist/lift procurement.

Steps to enter the pool need to be graduated. The Learner pool is not graduated but national standards are being followed. The new centre will have a new hoist but retain the current hoist in case of breakdown.


Due to improvements to the current car park and the impending work on the new sports centre, there will be limitations on car parking in the short term, though the completed new centre will have 25% more spaces (including additional disabled parking). The current car park is subject to flooding therefore, the drains are being blasted at 300psi to clear blockages and resurfacing is also being undertaken. For the next three weeks the tennis courts are being used for overflow car parking and temporary signs are being erected. The planners will not allow green space being used for car parking.


Access to the Bowling Green was discussed by the group. EBC to provide second access to the Bowls Club and provide a gate, or retain the existing gate. The Bowling Club regularly undertakes functions. Also, many of the members are senior citizens with heavy bowling equipment so access to car parking is important to the club.

The Bowls Club are to send Jo Parker (Places for People - PfP) their list of upcoming functions and PfP will review events at the Bowling Club and Fleming Park in order to minimise parking issues.

Consideration to be given to parking at the Pavilion on the Park and the HCC Fire Headquarters. Encouragement should be given to club members to walk and cycle. Peter Leamore would endeavour to requisition cycle racks from other locations.


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Places for People Leisure Update on Performance


Jo Parker, Representing Places for People, reported that the Quest (the UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure) NBS survey showed an above average score for ‘customer satisfaction’.



Update from Clubs


Bowls Club


John Mead reported the greens have been improved whilst the club had been closed for the winter. There will be an opening lunch and the Mayor has been invited to attend. It had been a successful season with membership increasing by twenty to ninety. As part of the EBC Sport for All, participation had risen from five to sixteen.




L Browning, P Kirkpatrick and D Moore that a new hoist has been installed. Active membership had risen from twenty to twenty six. Jane thanked Andy Thompson for attending the AGM and updating the group on the new leisure centre plans.


5-0 Club


Lydia Browning, P Kirkpatrick and D Moore that the club was going from strength to strength with one hundred and fifty to two hundred individuals attending sessions on Mondays/Wednesdays/Friday mornings.


Swimming Club


Lydia Browning reported that the club had retained the Gemini Trophy.


Eastleigh Running Club


Carl Jenkins reported that the Eastleigh 10km race had once again been very successful. The club is prospering with six "Level 3" coaches and twenty-five Run Leaders; all qualified to UK Athletics standards.


Date of Next Meeting

The date of the next scheduled meeting is 4 October 2016.


It was AGREED –


That the next meeting would take place on 4 October 2016 at Fleming Park.


Any Other Business


Councillor Broadhurst stated that it was inevitable that there would be short-term parking issues but it was worth it due to the long term benefits of the new centre.