Hereford & Worcester

The Glades Kidderminster revamp more costly than a new build

A Worcestershire council is considering demolishing one of its leisure centres because it is cheaper to build a new one than to refurbish the existing one.

Wyre Forest Glades leisure centre in Kidderminster was opened in 1986.

Wyre Forest District Council has been told it will cost £12m to refurbish The Glades and just over £10m to build a leisure centre on a new site.

Councillor Tracey Onslow said: "Although the Glades was state of the art 25 years ago it clearly isn't now."

She said running costs for the centre will rise from £1.2m to £1.4m when the existing contract expires and it could become "a burden to the taxpayer".

The council has looked at eight possible sites for a new leisure centre, which would include a six lane 25m (81ft) swimming pool.

The decision to demolish The Glades and build a new leisure centre will be discussed by Wyre Forest District Council on 29 February.

If approved the new centre would be built by 2015.

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