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Council to spend extra £250,000 on plans to improve leisure in South Kesteven

An extra £250,000 is to be spent by South Kesteven District Council in its efforts to develop better leisure facilities across the district.

A meeting of the full council on Thursday agreed that £380,000 would be spent on reports, including consultation, up from the £130,000 agreed earlier this year.

Some councillors quizzed the expense. Deepings Independent Virginia Moran said she was ‘staggered’ so much was to be spent on preparing the businesses for such facilities.

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Coun Moran said if there wasn’t a business case, why was the council talking to landowners about buying sites. She also felt a ‘6p’ spend would be enough to determine the need for better facilities in the Deepings.

However, Coun Mark Whittington (Con-Barrowby Gate) replied £380,000 may seem a lot but it was “really good value for money” as it represented one per cent of what might be a £35 million leisure centre programme.

Cabinet member for growth Coun Helen Goral added the reports would cover the business case, the cost of technical staff, how to avoid surprises or delays, and a consideration of the pros and cons of each option.

Coun Gorla said: “It will allow us as a council to make an informed decision. It’s much more detail than the writing of a business case.”

She said details of schemes would be settled during public consultation. Talks are still under way with landowners so a time frame of when centres will be open cannot yet be given, but the council would deliver them “as soon as possible.”

SKDC announced in March there was a multi-million pound project to "revolutionise leisure provision" across the district, with "major improvements" planned for leisure facilities in Grantham which "could see some aspects, such as the swimming pool, brought back into the town centre".

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