July 30 2014 Latest news:
Friday, June 6, 2014
Littleport Leisure Centre may have to be demolished and rebuilt in order to bring it up to the standard required for the new secondary school planned for the village.
The news was delivered to Littleport Parish Council last month as part of a presentation from education officials at Cambridgeshire County Council.
Officials said that the current leisure centre, in Camel Road, “does not provide facilities to an acceptable standard for schools” and added that the cost of bringing the being up to scratch would be “around £2.3million”.
The county council said that it was in discussion with the centre management team and East Cambridgeshire District Council to work out a way forward.
A new secondary school, special school and primary school are planned for the Camel Road site, with the secondary school scheduled to be open in time for September 2016.
Littleport parish councillor, Fred Brown, said: “I suppose if you are going to shoot for the moon you might as well aim for the stars but the county council doesn’t have the money and the Government doesn’t have the money. I can’t see where the revenue is going to come from.
“For all the right reasons, I hope they are able to get the money from somewhere because we have been lacking in funding in this area for a long time. But the difficulty is that the building is the age it is and people should have seen this coming.”
Cllr Brown added that he believed building on the new schools would go ahead regardless of whether a solution could be found to bring the leisure centre up to standard.
East Cambridgeshire District Council said an assessment of leisure facilities in the village was under way but at a very early stage.
Allison Conder, principal community and leisure services officer, said: “At the district council, we are working very closely with the county council to carry out an assessment of the leisure needs in Littleport and the surrounding areas.
“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. We are at the very beginning of this process and people should be reassured we will work in partnership with them in the coming months.”