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Dartford's Fairfield centre to reopen in 2016

PUBLISHED: 10:30 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:30 10 November 2015

Councillor Andy Lloyd, Councillor Jeremy Kite and Tim Hewett

Councillor Andy Lloyd, Councillor Jeremy Kite and Tim Hewett

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Dartford council announced the £12million redevelopment would be open to the public in the new year.

Dartford borough’s flagship pool and sports facility, Fairfield, will reopen in February next year.

The £12million redevelopment of the site on Lowfield Street will see a range of new services be provided.

The facility will now be managed by Place for People Leisure as part of a ten-year deal.

Among the new services on offer will be a 95-station gym, exercise and group cycling studios.

Council leader Jeremy Kite said: “The search for new partners to run Fairfield was never just about the numbers.

“We wanted people who understood the role that this great new facility would play in the lives of local people.

“Users want a clean, well run facility with good staff and sensible pricing that encourages more and more people to get fit, relax and have fun with their family and friends.”

After spending £12million on the sites development, the site will operate at no further cost to local taxpayers.

Mr Kite continued: “We have invested a lot of local people’s money in Fairfield and been rewarded by a range of bidders who confirmed that its facilities are top-notch and likely to be extremely popular.

“The council’s deal means the operators will be funded from Fairfield’s income, not public subsidy.”

Tim Hewett, Places for People Leisure’s business development director, said: “We are delighted and proud to have been chosen to operate the council’s prestigious new leisure facility in the heart of Dartford.

“As a social enterprise our mission is to create active places and healthy people.

“We applaud the council’s vision of creating a new leisure facility which is fit for future generations and look forward to working with them and providing high quality services and activities to the residents of the borough in the future.”

The development will also begin a recruitment process as it looks to provide jobs in the local area.

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