Consultants to research future of sport centre in Winchester

Hampshire Chronicle: River Park Leisure Centre: nearly 40 years old River Park Leisure Centre: nearly 40 years old

A NEW leisure centre for Winchester could be a step closer.

The city council plans to commission surveys into whether River Park Leisure Centre should be repaired or replaced.

The council wants detailed reports on three key areas – an account of repair and maintenance work required over the next 10 years, analysis of the content, scope and costs of a replacement and a planning report on where a replacement could be built.

Over the next three months consultants are expected to speak with sports clubs, governing bodies and existing facilities to establish what provision is needed.

The information must be reported back to the council by March 29 and cost of the surveys is around £50,000.

Emma Back, of Winchester Fit for the Future, a group campaigning for improved sports facilities in the city, said the council was taking too long to make a decision.

She said: “I think this could be done sooner than March and I would like to know why it will take so long. We have been talking about repairs at River Park for at least six years and that is too long. We don’t want to see any further delay.

“The council ought to be able to make a decision in principle so let’s make that decision to build a new centre and then move on to where and what. I don’t see anything in the way of the council taking that decision.”

She reiterated the group wants Bar End as the site for a new centre because of good transport links and existing sporting facilities.

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6:39pm Sun 2 Dec 12

wheresthemoneygone says...

Here we go , 'The Campaign to Make Lots of Dough' on the resite-ing of the Sports Centre' out of the tax weary public. Certain councillors, consultants and contractors must be rubbing their their greasy fat mits. Is the centre going to crack in half, is the water draining out of the pool, is the air contaminated or is there another imminent fire? Surely not!

How about saving £50,000 and repairing the centre when and if it needs repair, you know like the good old days - there I just saved an awful lot of money.
Here we go , 'The Campaign to Make Lots of Dough' on the resite-ing of the Sports Centre' out of the tax weary public. Certain councillors, consultants and contractors must be rubbing their their greasy fat mits. Is the centre going to crack in half, is the water draining out of the pool, is the air contaminated or is there another imminent fire? Surely not! How about saving £50,000 and repairing the centre when and if it needs repair, you know like the good old days - there I just saved an awful lot of money. wheresthemoneygone
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8:32pm Sun 2 Dec 12

huckit P says...

Commissioning surveys is an expensive business and will cost Winchester tax payers a lot of their hard earned money. It will take funds from Winchester City Council at a time when only essential services should be funded.
What is wrong with handing the entire thing across to the private sector and let them decide if it is worth repairing (the existing facilities) or if a new facility is required?
After queuing for at least 30 minutes to get from the M3 - Junction 10 into Winchester today (Sunday) maybe it's car parking that's needed; not an expensive swimming pool!
Commissioning surveys is an expensive business and will cost Winchester tax payers a lot of their hard earned money. It will take funds from Winchester City Council at a time when only essential services should be funded. What is wrong with handing the entire thing across to the private sector and let them decide if it is worth repairing (the existing facilities) or if a new facility is required? After queuing for at least 30 minutes to get from the M3 - Junction 10 into Winchester today (Sunday) maybe it's car parking that's needed; not an expensive swimming pool! huckit P
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1:07pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Yves1977 says...

wheresthemoneygone wrote:
Here we go , 'The Campaign to Make Lots of Dough' on the resite-ing of the Sports Centre' out of the tax weary public. Certain councillors, consultants and contractors must be rubbing their their greasy fat mits. Is the centre going to crack in half, is the water draining out of the pool, is the air contaminated or is there another imminent fire? Surely not!

How about saving £50,000 and repairing the centre when and if it needs repair, you know like the good old days - there I just saved an awful lot of money.
If only it were that simple! The centre is getting so old that it will cost millions just to keep it going
[quote][p][bold]wheresthemoneygone[/bold] wrote: Here we go , 'The Campaign to Make Lots of Dough' on the resite-ing of the Sports Centre' out of the tax weary public. Certain councillors, consultants and contractors must be rubbing their their greasy fat mits. Is the centre going to crack in half, is the water draining out of the pool, is the air contaminated or is there another imminent fire? Surely not! How about saving £50,000 and repairing the centre when and if it needs repair, you know like the good old days - there I just saved an awful lot of money.[/p][/quote]If only it were that simple! The centre is getting so old that it will cost millions just to keep it going Yves1977
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