Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
£4m Safety Bill for Leisure Centre Repairs
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
Share This StoryTweet
Fears for safety of missing James Thompson
Police say the Plymouth man has slept rough
Fears for north Cornwall as treatment centre closes
Campaigners are meeting in Bodmin
BREAKING: Man airlifted after plunging from cliffs
Cornwall News: Rescue crews were called to coastline near Lelant
Two teenagers found dead at cliffs in Cleveland
National News: Two teenage boys have been found dead on the Cleveland coast.
Harrison Ford calls himself 'schmuck' after plane landing blunder
Showbiz News: Harrison Ford called himself a "schmuck" after he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a California airport and narrowly avoided a commercial airliner, an audio recording reveals.
Alligator returns to give pro golfer fright
Sports News: An alligator bravely dispatched from the fairway by an American golfer during the Arnold Palmer Invitational returned for a second day - and this time it stood firm.
VIDEO: Watch The Moment An Armed Robber Strikes in Cornwall
Cornwall News: Police release CCTV of man behind bank heist in Newquay