Wiltshire

Public consulted on leisure plans in Wiltshire

More than 2,000 people in Wiltshire have had their say on the future of leisure centres in the county.

During the three-month consultation Wiltshire Council asked communities whether they were interested in running seven of them.

It found 11% of respondents were prepared to help, a spokesman said.

Wiltshire Council is proposing building new facilities and refurbishing others, while a number would be transferred to the community to run.

'£117m invested'

When the authority was formed more than a year ago, it inherited 23 leisure facilities from the area's five former councils.

Council bosses are proposing that leisure centres in Corsham, Downton, Pewsey, Tisbury, Westbury and Wootton Bassett, and Westbury and Bradford-on-Avon swimming pools, are run by community groups or trusts.

It also proposes new facilities in Melksham, Trowbridge, Warminster and Amesbury/Durrington, and major improvements to centres in Chippenham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Salisbury and Tidworth.

Speaking in August a council spokesman said the authority would have to invest more than £93m in the next 25 years to keep them at their current standards, excluding improvements.

He said the proposals would see at least £117m invested in the next 25 years.

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