Council’s £372,000 sports centre bill

Warsop Meden Sports Centre
Warsop Meden Sports Centre
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More than £372,000 of council cash has been earmarked to pay for the necessary repairs to Meden Sports Centre.

The centre in Warsop was controversially closed in August without prior warning after it failed a fire safety inspection, and is not expected to be fully re-opened until early next year.

The figure to cover the costs was discussed during a recent cabinet meeting at Mansfield District Council to discuss the upcoming 
budget.

However, Coun Phil Shields says much of that cash is being spent on essential repairs that were already planned before the sudden closure.

“There was a pot of money put aside already for remedial work,” added Coun Shields.

“The work was going to be done anyway so while it was closed because of the fire inspection, we thought ‘why not do that work as well’.”

As well as bringing the centre up to scratch in terms of fire safety regulations, other work includes structural alterations, electric and mechanical work, roof repairs and tiling and plastering.

Meanwhile, Coun Shields says the final costs to the district council will be significantly lower, with Nottinghamshire County Council expected to contribute.

“We are negotiating with the county council because they are responsible for some of it.

“As for the costs, we knew it would be around about that figure, and the times scales and money are exactly as we predicted.”

The sudden closure of the centre led to a political storm within Mansfield District Council, with councillors blaming each other for the closure and heightening fears that the centre could be closed for good.

But those fears were quelled as the sports hall re-opened in September and the pool expected to be open in early January.