Councillors see new centre takes shape

Sevenoaks District Council continues its support and investment in sports and leisure across the District. In Swanley, the Council’s biggest capital project in 30 years continues apace as the new White Oak Leisure Centre takes shape.

This investment sits alongside several other significant projects for the town.

District Council Leader, Cllr Peter Fleming, and Cllr Susan Coleman recently stopped off at the new Centre so see how the fitness facility is working out.

All the steelwork in the new £20m centre is now complete with the roof, wall cladding and floor all in place.

At the time of the visit on Friday (26 March), the main swimming pool was being tested.

The new White Oak Leisure Centre swimming pool
The new White Oak Leisure Centre swimming pool

The new, energy-efficient, bright and open facility will take over from the current White Oak Centre in early 2022.

The new centre includes a 25-metre, six lane swimming pool with movable floor, a learner pool, a substantial 100+ station fitness suite and a ‘Feel Good Suite’ for people who need help to exercise.

It also comes with a multi-purpose recreation and fitness areas and rooms, Tag Active (a game-based indoor obstacle course), a soft play area, studio spaces and a café and viewing area.

At a recent Community Infrastructure Board meeting, Sevenoaks District Councillors also agreed funding for the Orchards Academy sports hall improvements.

The Council’s overall investment in this project now stands at over £200k, with the Academy Trust funding further works to improve the facilities for both school pupils and the wider community.

From left to right - Cllr Coleman, Karl Taylor from ISG and Cllr Peter Fleming
From left to right – Cllr Coleman, Karl Taylor from ISG and Cllr Peter Fleming

Cllr Peter Fleming, Leader of the Council, says: “We’re all really excited about the new centre and we cannot wait to offer Swanley residents a top-class, state of the art leisure facility.

This is our biggest investment in a generation, when this project is completed, the community will have a leisure centre it can be really truly proud of.”

The current White Oak Leisure Centre is expected to reopen from 12 April 2021 and, subject to further lockdowns, will remain open until shortly before the new centre opens in early 2022.