Published: Friday, 28th Jun 2019

Plans for a multi-million-pound investment in a valued community service have been unveiled by Bolton Council.

The council is set to approve proposals for a new state-of-the-art day centre and community pool on the site of the former Firwood School off Crompton Way.

A £5m budget has been set aside for the project, which will serve as a successor to the Jubilee Centre.

The existing centre, which delivers day services for disabled adults, was built in 1983 and the building is showing significant signs of age.

It is currently operated by Bolton Cares, the council-owned adult social care company.

The decision to relocate was made after a study revealed the Jubilee Centre could not be rebuilt in its current location on Tennyson Street without both disrupting the day service and restricting access to the pool.

Service users, carers and volunteers were asked for their views on two alternative sites during a public consultation.

Respondents agreed that the Firwood site would be more accessible for residents across the borough and have improved car parking facilities.

As well as the new pool and day centre, the council will also consider broader plans for the future of the council owned Firwood site.

These proposals include adding a special school and integrated care facilities to create a campus style all-age hub.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Cllr Andy Morgan, said: “We know how popular the day centre and community pool are with service users.

“This major investment will allow us to upgrade to a new state-of-the art facility without construction work disrupting services at the Jubilee Centre in the meantime.

“In the future we want to use the extra space at the Firwood site to develop an all age hub, creating a one-stop shop for children, families and adults living with disabilities.

“The hub would provide fully-integrated care and support in the local community to help people live independent and fulfilling lives.

“This is a really exciting development and will ensure that the service will be fit for purpose for many years to come, providing current and future users with facilities that they rightly deserve.”

Recommendations on the future of the day service and community pool will be considered by the executive cabinet member at a meeting on July 8.