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Site announced for Workington’s new leisure centre and swimming pool

13 November 2013

A location has been chosen for Workington’s new leisure centre and swimming pool.

Members of Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive have today [Wednesday 13 November 2013] decided that the new attraction will be built at Brow Top in the town centre, and that it will include a family entertainment complex alongside the sports and leisure facilities.

As the site is already in the Council’s ownership, the development process can begin immediately, with the work due to take place in two phases – the leisure centre first, and family entertainment complex later. A detailed planning application is due to be submitted in Spring 2014 and, if all goes to plan, contractors will be on site by July 2014, with the building work due to take up to 70 weeks. That means the new centre should be open to the public by November 2015.

Speaking at today’s meeting, Councillor Michael Heaslip, Executive Member for Locality Services, said: “I am really pleased to have been involved in this project. The saga of a new sports centre has gone on for too many years. What we are looking at now is a facility that the people of Workington and Allerdale can take pride in. But this is not just a sports centre and swimming pool in isolation – it is part of the Council’s commitment to sports, art and leisure across the district.”

This exciting new leisure attraction will replace the two ageing buildings which house the town’s current swimming pool and sports centre at Moorclose. They date back to the 1970s and are reaching the end of their useful life. They are inefficient both environmentally and in terms of operational costs, and the cost of extending their lifespan for just five additional years would be more than half the cost of building an entirely new centre.

Cllr Heaslip continued: “The likely cost of refurbishing the centre at Moorclose could be up to £5 million and that would only guarantee its life for five years before further investment would be required. That simply is not an economic and efficient proposition.”

Now a location for the new leisure centre has been chosen, decisions can be made about the future of the Moorclose site. Members of the Executive have asked Council officers to prepare proposals following discussions with the local community and to bring those proposals back to the Executive in six months’ time.

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