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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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First look at £9.3m leisure centre planned for Workington

This is how Workington’s new multi-million pound leisure centre will look if planners give the scheme the go-ahead.

Workington leisure centre graphic
Artist's impression of the new leisure centre

Allerdale council has today released artist impressions of the proposed development ahead of submitting a planning application this month.

And the plans will go on show at two open events next week.

Councillor Michael Heaslip said that a “huge amount” of research had been done into local authority-run leisure facilities across the country.

“We were determined to design something even more impressive that the people of Workington and the whole district can enjoy,” he added.

“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 which we hope will attract people from miles around.”

If planning approval is granted, work is due to begin on the new leisure centre this year. It will be built on land at Brow Top, in the town centre and replace the current facility at Moorclose.

The plans will go on show next Wednesday (April 9) at the former JJB store at Washington Square between 11am and 4pm and at Workington Leisure Centre at Moorclose between 3pm and 8pm.

The detailed planning application is to be submitted to the council’s development control department on Monday, April 14.

A total of 1,645 people responded to a public consultation into the options for the centre last year.

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 centre plans 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 flop with only 640 votes cast.

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