THE much anticipated lift at Bletchley Leisure Centre has opened.
Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris, officially declared the facility at the centre’s multi-story car park open on Friday.
It is hoped the facility will give easier access to the centre and to Bletchley itself – particularly for the elderly and disabled.
The lift opening followed a four month project at the secure car park at the centre.
It comes after two years of struggle in which disabled people and busy mums were largely unable to use the car park.
The revamped leisure centre was completed in August 2000, but sparked complaints when users found the car park did not include a lift – meaning people with disabilities and parents with pushchairs were forced to climb up to six flights of stairs.
The project was led by Milton Keynes Council working in partnership with Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council and Hertsmere Leisure Trust, which manages the facility and users of the centre.
It is part of the Building a Better Bletchley Initiative, supplementary to the Bletchley Leisure Centre redevelopment.
Centre Manager, Sarah Clark, said: “The lift will enable easier access to our facilities and the town centre for many of our users.
“The opening ceremony marked the culmination of the project which has incorporated input from the town council as well as key user groups and residents and we are very pleased with the result.”