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Friday, 19 December 2014

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£9m leisure centre for Workington welcomed at drop-in sessions

Members of the public welcomed plans for a new £9 million leisure centre in Workington as a series of drop-in sessions to showcase the plans began.

Leisure centre consultation photo
Phil Johnston

Allerdale Council held a roadshow at the current leisure centre at Moorclose on Wednesday, Thursday and last night.

Councillor officers were on hand to discuss the plans with visitors to the centre. They were invited to view the site options and fill in a form saying which they preferred and why.

The options put forward by the council are next to the existing centre at Moorclose, on Brow Top car park by the town centre and Brow Top car park and part of The Cloffocks.

The third option would include a family entertainment centre as well as a pool and leisure centre.

The council hopes to open the centre in 2015.

Matthew Lowden, 18, of Main Road, High Harrington, said: “It’s a good proposal because the current building is old and getting a bit rundown so we could do with a new, modern building, preferably closer to the town centre.

“If it’s closer to the town centre and more people are willing to access it that will create a bigger income.”

Adam Tubman, 19, of Seaton, would like to see the new centre at Moorclose.

He said: “I think it will be less hassle than it being in the town centre. It’s easier to get here. There would be a lot of traffic in the town centre. There are more people who live around here than in the town centre, too.”

Phil Johnston, 36, of Thorncroft Gardens, said: “I’m quite happy with it being here. It’s handier for me and it’s out of town so there’s not an awful lot of traffic. I think parking in the town centre would be abused.”

The council had received about 100 online consultation responses before the roadshows began and the leisure centre, which started with 500 consultation forms, had run out.

Paul Shackley, corporate director at Allerdale, said: “People seem to be happy that they’re being asked and something is happening.”

He added that the council was beginning checks on the land at the proposed sites.

Today the roadshow moves into town. It will be at the former X-Catalogue Store on Campbell-Savours Way today and tomorrow, from 9am-5pm.

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