Rethink on sports complex

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A leisure facility in Spalding declared “not fit for purpose” is unlikely to see any changes this side of the General Election.

The task group examining the condition of the Castle Sports Complex have been told to revisit a report made in 2014, rather than have South Holland District Council spend a further £20,500 on another feasability study.

Last month the Spalding Guardian revealed the town would need a new leisure centre when the current contract expires in 2018.

It presently operates on two sites, with the ‘dry side’ in Albion Street and the swimming pool in Pinchbeck Road.

Councillors at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting were told that “while the buildings are structually sound they are not fit for purpose”.

Coun Gary Taylor asked how the task group had come to the decision the complex was not fit for purpose, given that it was well used, with 306,390 users in the last financial year.

In spite of being told a new study could be funded by an underspend in the leisure budget, Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said many of the questions being asked were covered in the previous study and there were other priorities.

He said: “Things can’t have changed that much. The report cannot be that out of date it should be discarded. Spending the money on raising the temperature of the water in the pool and improving cleanliness could be using it to better effect.”

Leader of the council Coun Gary Porter estimated the cost of a new facility fit for the 21st century would be £20 million.

He said: “I can’t see a decision this side of the election. It might be a different administration with different views.”