Work to start on £700,000 Copeland pool extension
Last updated at 17:39, Friday, 13 September 2013
Work is to start immediately on a £700,000 extension with a gym and activity rooms for Copeland Swimming Pool.
The new pool complex is set to open in May and will feature a 180sq m gym, with 35 stations and a free weights area, plus two multi-purpose activity rooms. Sixty-one extra car parking spaces will also be created.
Whitehaven Sports Centre - also owned by Copeland Council and managed by North Country Leisure (NCL) - is said to be oversubscribed, and it is hoped this new extension will meet this demand.
Copeland councillors have agreed to support the project.
Hugh Branney, Copeland’s portfolio holder for community regeneration, said: “This is one of the borough’s biggest and most popular leisure facilities, and supporting the extension reaffirms the council’s commitment to providing high quality leisure facilities.”
The extension at the Cleator Moor Road facility in Whitehaven was partly funded by grants from Sports England (£150,000) and Copeland Community Fund (£300,000).
Copeland’s commitment of up to £263,000 comes from its capital fund, rather than its ongoing revenue funding that is being reduced.
Mr Branney said: “It is important that we emphasise that this investment is a one-off use of capital funding. This means that it is not money that could have been used to provide other services. Without this investment and the increase in income it brings, there is a high risk that our facilities would have to close in the near future. This decision is about protecting the services we provide.”
Peter Johnstone, chairman of NCL’s Copeland board, added: “It is very heartening to see that the council is recognising the potential benefits of this investment in its leisure facilities to the health and wellbeing of all the community.”
First published at 17:38, Friday, 13 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Ted, I wonder what happens to all the nuclear money the council chases? Allerdale manages without the constant moaning and book passing from its leaders. Is there a lesson for the electors to learn about the composition of its eternal Labour council. A new broom perhaps?
Copelands commitment? So what about their commitment to the Civic Hall? Mr Branney claims it is about protecting the services the council provides, so what about all the people who use the civic hall, should their services not be protected? You'll miss it when it's gone, but by then it will be too late.
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