PLANS for a purpose-built centre providing day services for adults with learning disabilities are set to be approved by councillors next week.

If approved during cabinet's budget meeting on Monday, the £2m complex would be built on to the back of Leasowe Leisure Centre.

It aim is to help users learn new skills, build confidence, develop and enhance life skills whilst also offering opportunities to gain work experience.

It will also be open for use by leisure centre customers in the evening.

The project would be managed by Wirral Evolutions, with support from Wirral Council.

Cllr Chris Jones, cabinet member for adult care and health said: "I'm delighted to announce this proposal to help our most vulnerable residents.

"Delivering high quality, accessible and – importantly – inclusive services is a key priority and this proposal demonstrates our commitment to that.

"This is a major investment - £2 million - in creating a bespoke, top quality service and is only possible due to our financial strategy focusing on creating better services and increasing income to counter austerity policies."

As part of the proposal, Leasowe Leisure Centre will be given a makeover as the building’s frontage and some communal areas will be refreshed and updated.

The bid also outlines plans for plenty of car parking space and drop off points as the project sets out to make the site's existing facilities more easily accessible to all residents.

Adult day care customers will also be able to use the wide range of facilities the leisure centre has to offer, including the new artificial turf pitch – the original idea was that the new pitch would become the local 'centre of excellence' for football, for adults with learning difficulties.

Cllr Phillip Brightmore, cabinet member for leisure and recreation said: "Despite budget constraints, we have invested more than £8million in the past few years on making sure Wirral's services are of the best possible quality.

"We're committed to making sure our residents can access excellent leisure services and this latest investment is proof of that."

As the adult services will operate during the day this will leave the site available for Wirral’s leisure services to expand their offer to customers in the evenings and utilise the space for additional and new fitness classes to benefit the community.