07:00 Saturday 14 June 2014

Improvements required at Littleport Leisure Centre in order to cater for new schools

Written byJORDAN DAY

Littleport Leisure Centre Littleport Leisure Centre

Improvements are required at an ageing village leisure centre in order to cater for an influx of schoolchildren which could soon be using it.

Education chiefs at Cambridgeshire County Council hope that Littleport’s new schools – a secondary school and a special school which will be co-located on land near the leisure centre – will open in September 2016.

Now the council has launched a review of leisure and sports facilities in the village to assess what improvements need to be made before the schools are built.

There are two main schemes being discussed – one is that the leisure centre is refurbished at an estimated cost of £3million – and the other is that the centre is closed and bulldozed.

In its review, the council said: “Littleport Leisure Centre was 20-years-old in May and the general condition of the building is considered to be poor with substantial investment required to improve it to meet modern day quality and environmental standards.”

Speaking about the possibility of refurbishing the centre, the council said: “Early work by the consultant team appointed to design the two new schools suggests that this is likely to be the case.

The cost of bringing the centre up to current standards is estimated at £3million.”

Speaking about the possibility of closing the centre, it said: “If the centre is closed, the new schools could potentially be designed and built to provide dual use for delivery of the curriculum during the day and use by the community at other times.”

Allison Conder, community and leisure services officer at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We are working very closely with the county council to carry out an assessment of the leisure needs in Littleport.

“This will look at what the residents and community require to see how best this can link with the new schools when they are built.

“People should be reassured we will work in partnership with them in the coming months.”

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