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New £100k lights for Maldwyn's outdoor pitch

 
Created on 30/07/2020 @ 07:18
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New outdoor pitch lights costing £100,000 at Maldwyn Leisure Centre and a £450,000 replacement outdoor sports pitch at Llanidloes Sports Centre are among projects given the go-ahead by councillors.

Refurbishment work at leisure centres all across Powys, worth over £2.5 million have been rubber stamped by councillors.

Powys County Council’s was told at their meeting that the funding for building projects needs to be re-jigged.

This is partly due to the coronavirus pandemic causing delays.

The business case for the leisure capital schemes had been discussed and approved in principle by the council’s senior staff in April.

Portfolio holder for culture which includes leisure service,  Cllr Rachel Powell, said: “The investment in our leisure centres will be hugely beneficial especially with the current situation.

“Young people and children in time will go back to school and hopefully use these resources.

“It demonstrates that there has been opportunities during this crisis when previously they would have been delayed by the usage.”

Finance portfolio holder, Cllr Aled Davies said: “The revised working budget for the Capital Programme, after accounting for approved virements, is £121.81 million.”

The original budget was £132.87 million.

Cllr Davies added that the actual spend and committed expenditure so far is £32.48million and that he expected “slippage” or delays on schemes .

Cllr Davies added that a review of the schemes included identifying those which can be delayed or even stopped was under way.

The report also proposed moving £130,000 from between budget accounts to buy four tipper trucks, that are needed to help build houses.

Major work on building schemes include technical design work on the new school building for Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng (Welshpool), further feasibility work for the new building scheme Ysgol Bro Hyddgen in Machynlleth and early design work for two new special schools, Cedewain and Brynllywarch.

The recycling facility being built at Abermule will also receive more funding as will improvements to the ICT infrastructure.

Cabinet noted and approved the report and the spending on leisure centres will go to full council for approval.

Leisure Centre refurbishment schemes:

Llanidloes Sports Centre £450,000 – replacement outdoor sports pitch.
Flash Leisure Centre, Welshpool  – £500,000 to £600,000 to replace of outdoor sports pitch –and £40,000 for car park resurfacing
Maldwyn Leisure Centre, Newtown – £100,000 to replace lights for outdoor pitch and athletics track and  £52,000 for car park resurfacing
Brecon Leisure Centre Swimming Pool – £950,000 for work on swimming pool  and £45,000 for replacement air handling unit
Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre (Machynlleth) £180,000 to replace the roof.
Knighton Sports Centre -£25,000 for flooring
£25,000 on light replacement at Maldwyn and Bro Dyfi Leisure Centres
Builth Wells Sports Centre –  £65, 000 for fitness equipment

 

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service

 

 

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