What do you want from Workington Leisure facility?
Members of the public are being asked what they want from a new £9million leisure facility in Workington.
Allerdale Borough Council has promised to deliver a new development for the town, as part of a commitment to sports, arts and leisure.
A new leisure centre will need to be affordable and sustainable as well as realistic in the facilities it will provide and we want to ensure what is provided best suits the needs of the users. That is why the Council is asking for thoughts and suggestions to help determine the type of facilities and activities you would like to see in the new centre"
– Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council
Nearly four hundred objections have been lodge by villagers who say that the scheme, submitted by Persimmon Homes is unworkable. Residents say that expansion on the scale proposed will put unreasonable pressure on roads, drains and sewers.
Locals also ay that the primary school is already over-subscribed and that children would be forced to catch buses to neighbouring villages.
Persimmon would have to pay the school £341,000 in order to allow it to expand as a condition of approval, but a survey into the cost of four new classrooms estimates that the cost of building would be £566,000.