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Plans for a new water sports centre move a step closer
This week, Eastleigh Local Area Committee approved funding of
£371,000 towards the development of new buildings at Lakeside
The new scheme, that will cost around
£2.5million, has also been allocated £1m has been allocated from
the New Homes Bonus and is set to get final approval in April if
Cabinet agree to fund the remainder from borrowing.
The popular Lakeside facility is current used
by a range of local groups and organisations for canoeing,
kayaking, open water swimming and other activities such as fishing,
model boating and dog training with around 10,000 uses and 700
sessions on the water last year.
Chair of Eastleigh Local Area committee Cllr
Paul Bicknell said “The buildings have reached the end of their
operational life expectancy and are in urgent need of replacement.
This is a really exciting project to modernise the facilities at
Lakeside for the community and to help attract more visitors to
this wonderful waterside facility.” He added “For the first time
disabled people of all ages will be better able to use the Lakes
with the introduction of a "changing places" toilet and shower room
in the new facility.”
The project, which is being managed by
Eastleigh Borough Council, will demolish the current buildings and
replace them with two brand new buildings with improved changing
facilities, a multi-purpose room suitable for functions and
activities, improved storage for groups, public toilets, improved
facilities for disabled users and offices for staff and partners.
The buildings will be as sustainable as possible in construction
and their use including photo-voltaic panels and a 'green'
If approval is received, the Council plan to
submit a planning application in summer 2014 with a view to opening
the building in winter 2015/16.
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