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Thursday, 25 December 2014

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Work starts on £700,000 Copeland Pool extension

Work has started on a £700,000 extension at Copeland Pool.

Copeland pool photo
Julie Betteridge, Copeland council’s head of regeneration and communities, ready to cut the first sod

The project will create a gym with 35 fitness stations, a free weights area and two multi-purpose activity rooms.

Copeland Council, which owns the Whitehaven pool, and North Country Leisure, which manages it on their behalf, developed the project to “fulfil a need for more fitness stations in the borough’’.

Currently provision is below the national average – Copeland has 4.4 stations per 1,000 people, compared to 5.7 nationally.

Councillor Hugh Branney, Copeland’s portfolio holder for community regeneration, said: “The health of our residents is a real priority for us and we see this as an investment in healthy lifestyles.

“The pool is one of the borough’s biggest and most popular leisure facilities, and the fitness extension reaffirms our commitment to providing high quality leisure facilities.

“It’s important though that people recognise this investment is a one-off use of capital funding.”

The new gym should generate an extra £60,000 of income each year, “significantly reducing” the amount of subsidy Copeland Council has to pay towards the running of the pool.

In addition to £263,000 from Copeland’s capital budget, the project has also had funding of £300,000 from the Copeland Community Fund and £150,000 from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund.

Copeland board chairman for North Country Leisure Peter Johnstone said: “This development at the pool will be a great benefit for the people of Copeland and will provide added services for healthy exercise and training.”

The project should be completed by September and will include 61 additional car parking spaces at the site.

A Copeland Council spokesman said: “It reaffirms the council’s commitment to continuing to build a healthier, more active borough.”

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