Bebington Oval to receive major revamp

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Bebington Oval facilities. Pic © David Haycocks JMU Journalism

Bebington Oval leisure centre is set for a £775,000 renovation.

Wirral Council is likely to approve the plan for a revamp later this month, with improvements to the grandstand, sports hall and wet change facilities.

The venue is one of few public leisure centres competing with privately-owned places of relaxation and activity in the local area.

A council cabinet meeting to discuss the finances of the project was held on Monday, where health and safety concerns were outlined, along with details of the improvements that will be made to the reception area.

There have been issues with drainage in the wet change areas, while the reception is in need of an upgrade. Funds to fix these matters have not been sufficient, and the cash injection could also lead to the doubling in size of the fitness facilities.

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Cabinet member for Leisure, Councillor Phillip Brightmore, said: “These improvements form part of a larger investment in Wirral’s leisure services, ensuring that they remain accessible and affordable for all residents, and represents another excellent example of Wirral Council’s careful management of its budget at a time of continuing pressure on local government finances.”

The Oval already boasts an athletics track, football pitches and swimming facilities that some Wirral residents use as a more affordable alternative to private leisure clubs.

The leisure centre, which is known for its use in the filming of Oscar-winning movie Chariots of Fire, needs more up-to-date features, and the new funds should make that possible.

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