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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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£9.41m West Cumbria leisure centre plans revealed

This is the first look at Workington’s new £9.41 million leisure centre.

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Allerdale council, which wants to build the centre on the car park next to Brow Top, has released the image ahead of exhibitions next week.

The council will lodge a planning application for the centre on Monday, April 14.

If given the go-ahead, it is hoped work will start later this year.

Plans include a 25-metre eight-lane swimming pool with spectator seating, making it a regional-standard facility not currently available in Cumbria, and a smaller pool.

Also planned are a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, four-court sports hall, possible soft-play area, fitness suite with 100 machines, spinning studio, climbing wall, an artificial pitch or pitches, two squash courts and a cafe.

It is expected that the complex will open by November 2015.

People are invited to look at the council’s plans next Wednesday from 11am to 4pm at the former JJB store, Washington Square, and on Thursday, from 3pm to 8pm at Workington Leisure Centre, Moorclose.

Michael Heaslip, of Allerdale council, said: “The proposed leisure centre design features wide expanses of wood, render and glass, giving a bright modern space for people to exercise and play.

“We’ve done a huge amount of research into local authority-run leisure facilities across the country and we were determined to design something even more impressive that the people of Workington and the whole district can enjoy.

“Seeing the final results of all this hard work is a real eye opener.

“It’s modern, user friendly, energy efficient and, most of all, it will give residents and visitors a fantastic leisure facility.”

A public consultation last year was responded to by 1,645 people. Most of them favoured the Brow Top site, and 46 per cent said their preferred scheme would include a family entertainment complex alongside the sports centre.

Allerdale council is now investigating private investment options.

The controversial centre prompted a referendum, called by Independent councillor Denis Robertson, who claimed the proposed site was unsuitable and that the council should concentrate on developing the existing leisure centre at Moorclose.

The poll turned into a massive flop with only 640 votes cast, which was fewer than four per cent of those eligible to vote.

Have your say

Excellent posts Mikey & Shaun.

Any sort of investment of this scale can only be a good thing, not just for Workington but for the whole of West Cumbria.

State of the art leisure facilities will benefit everybody - Moorclose has served its time but it just doesn't attract the attendance that a town centre facility will.

Too many people like a good moan about anything - you would be better off in Copeland. Try putting up with what they have had to and maybe you would realise our council isn't run that badly after all.

Posted by Positivist Paul on 11 April 2014 at 17:00

I think people need to learn the difference between capital and revenue.

Posted by Andy on 11 April 2014 at 10:52

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