LEISURE experts are expected to present detailed analysis about a proposed new leisure centre for Ellesmere Port at a meeting of the borough council next month.

Consultants Strategic Leisure will be addressing borough councillors on Thursday, February 19, when they will be unveiling the findings of further studies into the three possible sites that have been shortlisted.

A feasibility study has already seen the list of sites for the centre, which will replace the EPIC, narrowed down from nine.

The sites under consideration are Wellington Road Car Park, Cheshire Oaks High School and the youth centre in Whitby Road.

Councillors are keen to ensure plans for a top quality facility are handed over to Cheshire West and Chester Council, which will take over the running of services in the borough from April.

They want the centre to include a 25m, eight-lane swimming pool, large learner pool, 400 seats for spectators, a six-court sports hall, fitness suite, two studios, crèche and cafeteria.

Borough council leader Justin Madders said: “This is an important legacy for Ellesmere Port and the council.

“Top class facilities are crucial to our aims of improving the health of residents and providing unbeatable facilities to people of all ages and abilities.

“The EPIC is a popular centre but requires so much investment replacement is the only sensible way forward.

“We want that replacement centre to be a facility to be proud of, suitable for hosting competitions as well as everyday use by residents.”