Page last updated at 20 August 2015 at 11:32
New Lakeside centre approved
The Council’s Eastleigh Local Area Committee (ELAC) have approved plans to replace the existing buildings with a new watersports and storage building, which includes new changing facilities, offices and a mutli-use room developed on the site - enabling improved use of the lakes by the local community, voluntary groups and the education sector.
The multi-use room will also include a kitchen area and serving hatch to provide an opportunity to use the facilities in this great location. Three offices will also be provided that could be used by local organisations or businesses, together with new office facilities for the council staff.
The buildings will be constructed to the highest possible standards of environmental sustainability to help minimise carbon emissions and save energy. The popular Lakeside facility is currently used by a range of local groups and organisations for canoeing, kayaking, open water swimming and other activities including fishing, model boating and dog training with around 10,000 users and 700 sessions on the water last year.
Chair of Eastleigh Local Area Committee, Cllr Paul Bicknell, said: “The buildings have reached the end of their operational life expectancy and are in urgent need of replacement. This is a really exciting project to modernise the facilities for the community and to help attract more visitors to this wonderful waterside facility.”
He added, “For the first time disabled people of all ages will be better able to use the lakes with the introduction of a "changing places" toilet and shower room in the new facility,” he added.
The first phase of the project, managed by the Council, will see the demolition of the current buildings on the site with the construction of the new buildings starting in summer 2015.
Artist's impression of development