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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Sites for new Workington leisure centre to be revealed this summer?

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 and has revealed that work could start as early as April next year.

Under the council’s draft budget, the Labour executive plans to borrow £5m 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.

Mrs 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.”

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

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