A MUCH anticpated lift will give easier access to Bletchley Leisure Centre and the town centre.
That is the opinion of centre manager Sarah Clark, who was speaking ahead of the official opening of the new lift at the centre’s multi-storey car park on Saturday (November 24).
The lift opening follows 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 because of the lack of a lift.
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 lift project has been led by Milton Keynes Council working 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.
Ms Clark said: “We are all very excited about the anticipated opening of the lift which will enable easier access to our facilities and the town centre for many of our users.
“The opening ceremony marks 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.”
Mayor, Councillor Catriona Morris, will be guest of honour at the opening ceremony.