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Friday, 25 April 2014

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£9m Workington leisure centre plan still on track

Designs and sites for a new £9 million Workington leisure centre could be revealed this summer.

Allerdale council wants to build a new centre to replace the old Moorclose venue.

The council this week revealed that building work could start as early as April next year.

Under the council’s draft budget, the Labour executive plans to borrow £5 million towards the project. It intends to raise the rest of the money by selling land.

The budget for 2013/14 still needs the approval of the full council on March 6.

Deputy council leader Barbara Cannon said that if funding plans got the go-ahead, officers would start work in earnest to secure the money and draw up plans.

The council plans to start a public consultation in a couple of months to find out what facilities people want there.

Coun Cannon, who is responsible for the council’s budget, said: “I’d like to think that some time in the late summer we might start getting some idea of locations and designs.

“Under at least the last two administrations the council has been planning to build a new leisure centre so it’s quite important.”

Coun Cannon said she was pleased that the council could balance its books and still find capital funding for the leisure centre despite a need to cut its overall budget by 28 per cent in three years,

She said: “We know we need to provide leisure facilities. It’s not just for Workington, it’s a facility for the whole of Allerdale.”

Paul Shackley, council corporate director, said April 2014 was the earliest that the council could see building work start.

Last year, the Moorclose centre had a £450,000 revamp to tide it over.

Have your say

Yeoman - that is not correct a council can grant itself planning permission but it would have to go to a panel

Posted by John on 18 February 2013 at 09:50

Typical Labour, we will borrow money and spend it to build a leisure centre, Sell the counties assets like Brown sold our gold reserves for a pkt peanuts, make ten people redundant. Hang on, with £9million pounds why can the redundant personnel not be kept in work? What is more important, Jobs or borrowing money the county can not afford to please the minority of people who will use the centre?

If jobs have to go then why can it not be councilors jobs?

Posted by Andy on 16 February 2013 at 20:21

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