Cambourne sports centre delayed

FITNESS fans eagerly awaiting the opening of a state-of-the-art sports centre in Cambourne will have to wait even longer after the completion date was extended. It had been hoped that the multi-million pound sports centre for Back Lane, Cambourne, would

FITNESS fans eagerly awaiting the opening of a state-of-the-art sports centre in Cambourne will have to wait even longer after the completion date was extended.

It had been hoped that the multi-million pound sports centre for Back Lane, Cambourne, would be completed in March 2009.

However, the developers are now seeking permission from South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) to move the date to December 2009.

At a special meeting of Cambourne Parish Council on Tuesday, October 21, parish councillors "reluctantly agreed" to the new completion date "to avoid the possibility of losing the sports centre".


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John Vickery, clerk to Cambourne Parish Council, said: "It was slightly disappointing but the change of date was essential to allow the centre to go ahead. It is positive news that in this economic climate the money is still available and I'm sure the developers will endeavour to get the centre built as soon as possible."

The sports centre will include a swimming pool, sports hall, 100-station gym, dance studio, cafe and health suite with a solarium, steam room and sauna.

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David Chare, project director for Cambourne Consortium of Developers, said the March 2009 date had become "unachievable".

Mr Chare said: "There is now concern by the banks responsible for financing the project through Leisure Connection that SCDC will take action when the sports centre fails to open in March.

"This application to SCDC is to extend the required completion date to December 2009, an achievable and realistic date to avoid any action being taken by the council."

He added: "We very much hope the district council will grant this application which will ensure the contracts can be executed and work can then start on the site within three weeks.

"Our aim remains as it has always been - to provide the people of Cambourne with a first class leisure facility at the earliest possible opportunity."

The decision is due to be discussed by SCDC's planning committee on Wednesday, November 5.

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