Stay of execution for Barnstaple Leisure Centre?
NORTH Devon Councillors are expected to reverse a decision to knock down Barnstaple Leisure Centre and replace it with brand new facilities adjoined to the Tarka Tennis Centre. Instead, a �5million package of mend and make-do measures is likely to be appr
NORTH Devon Councillors are expected to reverse a decision to knock down Barnstaple Leisure Centre and replace it with brand new facilities adjoined to the Tarka Tennis Centre.Instead, a �5million package of mend and make-do measures is likely to be approved for the existing 1970s-built centre at Severn Brethren Bank.A report being presented to the council's executive on Tuesday says that in the current economic climate, there are insufficient funds available for the �12.5m new-build project, a scheme voted for by the council's executive in April last year.Instead, the report, by council leisure and health officer Mark Kentell, recommends that the �5m already set aside in January last year is spent on a programme of refurbishment at the existing leisure centre.The report said: "There will be no reduction in the quality, size or variety of facilities available at Severn Brethren Bank and the lifespan of existing facilities will be prolonged. "Facilities will be modernised at the leisure centre to improve customer satisfaction."As well as recommending that councillors rescind last April's decision to demolish the existing leisure centre and develop a package for a new centre in a single-phase extension of the Tarka Tennis Centre, members are also being asked to approve the release of funds for a full structural survey of the current facility. The survey will enable officers to undertake and assess whether a �5m refurbishment is a viable option."A structural survey should be undertaken on the existing leisure centre as soon as possible, so that a clear way forward for the development of leisure facilities on Severn Brethren Bank can be established," said the report."This is particularly important in view of other major developments going on in the area and the need for an established master plan of the site.