Below are some of the most frequently asked questions of the Trustees. If you have a question not answered here, you can submit your question to the board using the form at the bottom of this page and we will try to provide a prompt answer.
Halesworth Campus is a charity led by voluntary trustees. The Campus vision is to provide excellent facilities for health and care, sport and wellbeing, and education and training on one integrated site.
On the sports side, we intend to create a well-run, vibrant hub for activities open at a fair price to local people and visitors of all ages.
The plan includes:
- Floodlit, all-weather playing surface
- Tennis courts also suitable for netball
- Outdoor and indoor changing rooms
- Gym and fitness suite
We are committed to consulting and working with local individuals and organisations to ensure that what we offer is based on their needs and interests. However, the development of facilities will also depend on:
- How much money we can raise for building and equipping them
- Whether there is sufficient demand (and therefore income) to match the running costs on a sustainable basis
- What we get planning permission for
The Campus will be open to all, though primarily it’s for the people of Halesworth and the surrounding communities. We want to provide a range of facilities to help people lead more active and healthy lives. For example. we expect the health services will be interested in referring people to the gym, and we expect significant use by local schools and clubs. Part of the overall vision involves the Skills Academy, which will offer vocational education and training to young people and adults.
Thanks to Suffolk County Council’s support for the project, we have not had to buy the Campus site, formally the middle school, or pay for demolition work.
This land is already allocated for development under Waveney District Council’s Local Development Framework (HAL 3). It is intended that part of the site will be developed by Castlemadow Care to provide new health and care facilities.
We hope to bridge any gap in capital building costs through a mixture of grants, sponsorship and loans, until the Campus is fully up and running.
The not-for-profit company Sentinel Leisure has been appointed as preferred operator to manage the sports facilities. The charity Halesworth Campus will still hold the Campus in trust for the benefit of the people of Halesworth and surrounding communities in perpetuity.
This is a complex project involving many stakeholders, negotiations and legal contracts. For the story so far see the ‘History’ page of this website.
Once final planning approvals have been given, the Board will set out a timetable for construction work.
Definitely not. The Campus project is entirely consistent with the Town Plan. Both recognise the needs and contribution of people of working age as well as people who have retired. Both seek to put in place facilities that will encourage younger people and families to come to Halesworth and surrounding villages. Both are trying to help lay the foundations for a more vibrant future.
We are taking great care to work with other groups to ensure that the Campus complements other developments in the town, rather than competing with them. For example:
- We are working closely with Halesworth Health to try and accommodate their plans for expansion and improvement of health and care services in Halesworth
- We are also working closely with training providers to establish new vocational courses and opportunities within the Skills Academy
- We intend that Campus facilities are suitable for use by elderly people, including those needing therapeutic exercise, for example after surgery or stroke
- We are committed to providing a centre where children and young people are able to enjoy sporting activity in a lively, safe environment, stimulating their interest in their long-term health and fitness, which will bring benefit to the whole community
- We aim to work in partnership with existing sports clubs and provide activities for people of all ages