The new Dover Leisure Centre is on schedule

I visited the new Dover Leisure Centre in Whitfield just weeks before the £26 million facility is due to open its doors to the public. BAM Construction – the main contractors – insists work is on budget and on schedule for an official opening in the spring.

The project includes the first county-standard, eight-lane competition swimming pool in Kent, a 250-person capacity spectator stand, a sports hall, an interactive climbing area, outdoor football pitches, squash courts, a sauna and steam room and several multi-purpose gym rooms and studios. I was shown around the site with Dover District Council cabinet member Trevor Bartlett and DDC's Strategic Director Roger Walton.

It was a real pleasure to be shown around what will be a fantastic community asset for years to come. Fitness and sport are hugely important. That's why it is vital that we offer people better facilities locally than the current rundown building in Townwall Street. The new leisure centre in in Whitfield really does look first class – another sign our area is finally getting the investment it deserves.