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Upgrades for Isle of Wight sports facilities

Wed 21 Apr 2010

Upgrades for Isle of Wight sports facilities

People visiting the Isle of Wight in the coming years will be able to take advantage of upgrades to sports facilities on the island during their holiday.

The Isle of Wight Council hopes around a quarter of a million extra people will visit the revamped complexes, which include the Waterside Pool and Westridge squash complex, reports the Isle of Wight County Press.

Plans are in place for new fitness suites at The Heights in Sandown and Medina Leisure Centre in Newport, as well as an enlargement to the swimming pool at the latter facility.

Councillor George Brown, deputy leader and cabinet member for leisure and tourism, stated at last week's cabinet meeting that up to £8 million will be spent on improvements.

"The estimated life of the facilities will then be extended by 25 years with a properly funded annual repair and maintenance budget of £200,000," he commented.

This comes after the Isle of Wight Council announced it is to spend £1 million on repairing the island's roads, after the cold winter left many of them damaged. ADNFCR-3083-ID-19733780-ADNFCR

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