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Aura and Flintshire County Council announce major investment in Mold Leisure Centre

Published: 10/01/2018

Aura Leisure and Libraries Limited, in partnership with Flintshire County Council, is delighted to announce exciting plans for the re-development and extension of the current fitness and leisure facilities at Mold Leisure Centre. On 19 December 2017, the Council entered into a contract to invest £1.4 million to double the size of the current fitness facility and to build an additional studio. This will go some way to increase and sustain leisure services in Mold and the surrounding areas as well as providing improved facilities for school children which will help with increasing physical activity levels at a key age. The new development will be financed through the Council’s prudential borrowing scheme, with Aura paying back the borrowing, and demonstrates the Council’s commitment to improving services in more innovative and affordable ways, in this instance with no cost to the Council as the scheme will be self-funded over time. Aura will manage and operate the newly extended services in line with its vision to improve mental health and physical well-being. Aura is a charitable, not-for-profit, employee owned organisation responsible for managing the majority of Flintshire leisure centres and libraries. Flintshire County Councils Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said: I am delighted to see these improvements which I am sure will prove popular with local pupils and residents. It’s great to see this continued investment in the county’s sports and leisure facilities. Tom Williams, Mold Leisure Centre Manager, said: “The team at Mold Leisure Centre is immensely excited about the upcoming development. This will enable us to expand on the services we currently provide to the community and continue to cater for customers of all ages. The addition of a second first floor studio and the expansion of the fitness suite will support the delivery of new activities for both the community and the two adjoining high schools.” Christine Edwards, Board Chair for Aura, said: “We are delighted with the investment into Mold Leisure Centre, in partnership with Flintshire County Council, as we continue on our journey as a new employee owned, not-for-profit organisation. This development will contribute to Auras purpose ‘to benefit the community by improving quality of life through the provision of culture and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being.’ We want to increase affordable ways to keep active by growing our services in Mold so they are sustainable for the future and work closely with all our community members from an early age.