Site options revealed for new £9million Workington leisure centre
Last updated at 08:14, Friday, 30 August 2013
Allerdale council is considering building a leisure and family entertainment centre on The Cloffocks in Workington, two years after scrapping plans for a Tesco superstore there.
Plans revealed today show that the council has earmarked part of the site next to Brow Top car park as one of three potential locations for the town’s new £9 million leisure centre and swimming pool.
This could involve closure of the road access from Central Square through the town centre underpass into Brow Top car park.
Another option would be to build entirely on the Brow Top car park site.
The remaining option would be to build next to the town’s existing leisure centre at Moorclose.
A three-week public consultation period has been launched to find out which of the three options people would prefer.
The council previously wanted to sell part of The Cloffocks, known as Laundry Field, to Tesco to enable it to build a leisure centre on the site of the firm’s current store.
But the plan was thrown out in 2011 after five years of negotiation.
Charles Holmes, the council’s head of community services, said The Cloffocks was designated for recreational use so a leisure centre may be seen as more appropriate than a supermarket.
Replacing Workington’s old Moorclose leisure centre is viewed as a key priority by the council.
The authority plans to borrow about £5 million towards the project and get the rest in grants from sporting organisations and proceeds from asset sales.
It is already in talks with bodies such as Sport England and the Football Foundation.
Paul Shackley, the council’s corporate director, said the plans included a 25m eight-lane regional standard swimming pool and a teaching pool.
Other possible facilities include a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, a climbing wall, a fitness suite and an all-weather football pitch.
The Brow Top and Cloffocks option could also contain a multi-screen cinema, 10-pin bowling alley, restaurants and cafes, leisure retail and a public square.
The road access leading from Central Square, through the underpass, into Brow Top car park and on towards Allerdale House would be lost under this option, which would need county council approval.
The 231-space car park would also be lost, with 20 parking spaces in its place, but the council said the town centre had more parking spaces than it needed.
The other Brow Top option would have 100 parking spaces next to the centre and the road link through the underpass may be maintained.
If the Moorclose site is chosen, the new centre would be built next to the existing leisure centre which is about 40 years old.
If the current centre was kept running beyond 2015, it would cost £2.7 million to keep it going.
All three sites are owned by the council.
The preferred option, once chosen, will need a planning application.
The council is already talking to the Lonsdale Estate, which owns the mineral rights for The Cloffocks, about the possibility of building there.
It hopes to begin building work next spring or summer for opening in 2015.
Council leader Alan Smith said: “I want people to tell me and the council what they prefer.
“This is something we don’t want to force onto people. Everything is open to public opinion.
“This is one of the most important developments in the town for many years and our aim is to create a high-quality facility which is used by people across the borough and beyond.”
Copies of the council's survey form are available at www. allerdale.gov.uk, at Workington and Cockermouth leisure centres, the council offices in Workington, Cockermouth, Maryport and Keswick and at Aspatria Local Links.
People can also have their say at roadshows at Workington Leisure Centre on September 11 and 12, from 4pm to 9pm, and at the former X-Catalogue Shop, on Campbell-Savours Way in Workington town centre, on September 13 and 14, from 9am to 5pm.
The consultation runs until September 20 and the council’s executive is due to make a decision on which site to use on November 13.
First published at 14:53, Thursday, 29 August 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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Politicians love Big Ticket Projects...Revamp of existing Moorclose Â£2.7 million...new centre Â£9 million. Seems a no brainer choice to me. Interest rates are set to rise so we will be paying for the Â£9 million project forever and a day. It will be interesting to see the profit/loss on the investment in the Wave before embarking on a Â£9 million scheme.
I honestly cant believe how some people can be so negative about Allerdales progression!! This is our own town and community we are talking about!The current sports centre is literally falling down, it is expensive to run/maintain and other than that is a complete concrete eyesore! It offers no other incentive than to do your activity and then leave, something a new build would be able to change and bring a sense of 'day out' when going there.No matter where it is placed or how it is financed this district desperately needs new leisure facilities that the rest of the country has been enjoying for years. This is our chance to get something great that will benefit all our communities for years to come. If I ever have kids I don't want them having to get changed in the sad sorry excuse of changing facilities at moorclose, playing racquet sports in damp infested courts. They deserve the facilities kids nationwide already have!I honestly think some people were just born to whinge and that you are, at least try and put forward other suggestions instead!Also for those complaining about what is needed, IT IS STILL A CONSULTATION!! Fill in the survey if you want to make a real contribution.I will be voting for the town centre option but thats because it will be more convenient for me. I also think the benefits that will be on offer to the town centre much outweigh the benefits of placing it at Moorclose.
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