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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Work starts on £700,000 fitness extension at pool

WORK has started on a new £700,000 fitness extension at Copeland Pool.

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dig it: Julie Betteridge, Copeland Borough Council’s Head of Regeneration and Communities, prepares to cut the first sod, marking the start of work on the new extension to Copeland Pool

By Lucy Grosvenor

The project will create a new 180m sq gym with 35 fitness stations, a free weights area and two multi-purpose activity rooms.

Copeland Council, which owns the Whitehaven pool, and North Country Leisure, which manages it on their behalf, developed the project to “fulfil a need for more fitness stations in the borough’’.

Currently the number is below the national average – Copeland has 4.4 stations per 1,000 people, while nationally there are 5.7 per 1,000 people.

Coun Hugh Branney, Copeland’s portfolio holder for community regeneration, said: “The health of our residents is a real priority for us and we see this as an investment in healthy lifestyles.

“The pool is one of the borough’s biggest and most popular leisure facilities, and the fitness extension reaffirms our commitment to providing high quality leisure facilities.

“It’s important though that people recognise this investment is a one-off use of capital funding.”

The new gym should generate an extra £60,000 of income each year, “significantly reducing” the amount of subsidy Copeland Council has to pay towards the running of the pool.

In addition to £263,000 from Copeland’s capital budget, the project has also had funding of £300,000 from the Copeland Community Fund and £150,000 from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund.

The chair of North Country Leisure Copeland Board, Peter Johnstone, said: “This development at the pool will be a great benefit for the people of Copeland and will provide added services for healthy exercise and training.”

The project should be completed by September and will include 61 additional car parking spaces.

Have your say

61 extra car parking spaces, wow! It always makes me laugh, not out loud, I'm not an idiot, at the thought of people going to a 'fitness centre' by car. If you 'really' wanted to get fit, you would get there under your own steam. Or sweat actually, not steam.

Posted by Maria Warner on 15 May 2014 at 18:22

Just think what could have been built if the pow beck fiasco had'nt happened,£2 million down the pan, makes you wonder.

Posted by James O on 15 May 2014 at 14:02

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