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£4m Safety Bill for Leisure Centre Repairs

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7:01am 29th January 2014

Pirate FM has learnt almost £4m is needed for urgent safety work at Cornwall's leisure centres.

It is after a section of ventilation duct crashed down, inches from the top of the flume at Lux Park in Liskeard.

The "near miss" is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

Nobody was hurt when the section fell around ten feet to the side of the main 25m pool.

But the council launched health and safety checks on other leisure centres across Cornwall, from St Ives to Saltash.

Among the centres checked were Bude Splash Leisure Pool, Wadebridge Leisure Centre, Bodmin's Dragon Leisure Centre and Phoenix Leisure Centre in Launceston.

Officials insist none are dangerous.

The final repair bill stands at £3.9m for urgent or essential health and safety work, with another £9m to see off the potential for "liss of service in the event of sudden failure of plant and equipment."

John uses centres across mid Cornwall. He said: "I live in St Austell but I use all the leisure facilities - Truro, Newquay, St Austell. I take a lot of people up for rehabilitation work to places like the leisure centre for fitness and swimming, so I would say it's very important."

Adam Paynter from the council said: "If we didn't do this essential work there would be serious health and safety implications - so we would have to close centres. We're hoping that won't happen and we're hoping spending this money will get over those issues. But we do have to look at the long term future of our leisure centres and how we can do that going forward.

"We hope that the facilities we have will continue for a number of years - but they all have a life span. Obviously unless we replace some and start doing some work then, eventually, some will have to close. But we're hoping that won't be the case."

7:01am 29th January 2014

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