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Council in £20 million levelling up bid to revamp Castle Sports Complex in Spalding

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A £20 million bid has been prepared for Government levelling up cash to help fund a major revamp of the Castle Sports Complex.

South Holland District Council has today revealed it is putting in a 'significant bid' to the Government's Levelling Up Fund, which it says could transform health and wellbeing in the district.

The money would be used to completely remodel the site - and turn it into a hub for health, wellbeing, leisure, sport, recreation and community spaces.

The Castle Sports Complex in Spalding
The Castle Sports Complex in Spalding

The council says that as well as new indoor facilities the bid would also look to improve the site’s outdoor offering, as well as looking to help attract further footfall into the town centre.

Councillor Nick Worth, deputy leader and portfolio holder for people, places, economy, said: “Although we are still in the early stages this is an incredibly exciting proposal for South Holland and for Spalding, that has the potential to transform our leisure offer in the district and create a long-lasting legacy with its impact.

“There is still a lot of work to do and a long way to go, but if successful these plans would help to significantly improve our sport, recreation and leisure facilities, have great benefits for the health and wellbeing of our residents and enhance and diversify the variety of services and activities on offer in Spalding town centre.”

The Government bid would come as part of the second round of their Levelling Up funding, designed to invest in infrastructure that 'has the potential to improve lives and give people pride in their communities'.

The council is working with a string of partners on the proposals, ahead of a submission deadline in July.

Sir John Hayes MP has also backed the plans. He said: “I am delighted to support this bid to Government to bring significant funding into South Holland. These exciting plans would make a real difference to residents across the district and bring welcome investment into the centre of Spalding.”

If the bid is successful, more detailed proposals will then be developed - with the council promising to work with residents, community groups, businesses and other organisations.

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