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Leisure Centres Could Close

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:04am 28th August 2014 (Updated 3:49pm 29th August 2014)

Pirate FM has learnt Cornish leisure centres could be shut.

Newquay, the Dragon Leisure Centre in Bodmin and the Phoenix Leisure Centre in Launceston are mentioned in a consultation document on leisure facilities across the Duchy.

If they close, as the council battles to save money, it would mean playing pitches could also be lost.

The document, which was drawn up in July, lays out two options for the future of facilities.

Both include the "potential" closure of sites in Cornwall.

People Pirate FM spoke to in Launceston and Newquay said they did not know about the proposals, despite a consultation now being underway.

The council says that is because it is "targeted to partners and stakeholders."

The document, entitled "Leisure resources strategy options. Consultation to inform production of the Leisure Resources Strategy" warns: "Of particular concern to Cornwall Council is the condition of our indoor leisure facilities. A survey of electrical, mechanical, building fabric and swimming pool elements (excluding Penzance leisure centre) was carried out in at [sic] at the end of last year. It assessed elements of the buildings and or their systems which are likely in the foreseeable future to cause a problem, which without improvement, pose a risk of closure or sudden failure of the facility's operations.

"The condition survey identified that a significant amount of work is required, immediately and in the future, to improve the Council's facilities. Elected Members subsequently approved immediate expenditure for the most urgent works."

Adam Paynter from the council said: "The consultation is very much a targeted consultation on partners and stakeholders. Members of the public can respond but this is targeted at those groups to make sure we get information back from the people that are using our facilities."

Asked whether or not members of the public use the facilities Mr Paynter said: "They do and obviously they can still look at it and see what they think.

"It is open. We're not excluding members of the public but we have obviously targeted various groups to get their input. It has been publicised in the local papers and on our website. It will be published through the leisure centres as well."

You can give your views on the future of leisure centres in Cornwall here.

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