HUNTINGDON Leisure Centre is set to lose a badminton court – and gain £3.2million over 15 years as the district s residents get fitter. The court – one of five in the centre at present – is used by 1,400 people a year, who pay £2,000 for the privilege. Bu

HUNTINGDON Leisure Centre is set to lose a badminton court - and gain £3.2million over 15 years as the district's residents get fitter.

The court - one of five in the centre at present - is used by 1,400 people a year, who pay £2,000 for the privilege.

But, when it is replaced in an expansion programme by a training studio, two treatment rooms, a soft play area for young children, a zone for teenagers, a new spa and other facilities at a total cost of £1.1million, a total of 45,000 extra people are expected to turn up every year, bringing in 10 times as much annual income as would be lost through closing the court.

A decision, which is expected to be taken by Huntingdonshire District Council's cabinet tomorrow, was delayed from last month while the council conducted a business case review of five leisure centres, including St Neots, St Ives, Ramsey and Sawtry.