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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 Country Park.

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' roof.

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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