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garrison gym to open
A £21m leisure development at
Catterick Garrison in North
Yorkshire is set to open this year.
Work began on the project in
November and the centre, which
will be open to the community, is
due to open in the spring.
The building will offer a variety

of training and sporting facilities,
including a three-pool swimming
complex, a military rehabilitation
centre, a six-court sports hall and a
fi tness suite with an aerobics studio.
Catterick Garrison is working
with North Yorkshire County
Council and Richmondshire District
Council to complete the project
© – the latter having contributed
Discussions revolved around membership packages including sauna and steam £450,000 to ensure public access.
trusts are now exempt from vat
deeside investment?
Deeside Leisure Centre in Flintshire,
Unlimited use membership packages millions of pounds. The decision will allow North Wales, could reportedly be
at leisure centres run by leisure trusts cultural and leisure trusts to continue to set for a £3.5m investment.
are now exempt from VAT thanks to play a vital part in improving the health According to local paper the
a decision made by HM Revenue and and wellbeing of the nation by providing Evening Leader, talks have been held
Customs (HMRC). cost-effective, high quality leisure services with Manchester-based consultants
The decision came after 13 months for their local communities.” Pan Leisure. Once the basics of the
of negotiations between sporta, an Mark Eastwood, senior manager for investment have been presented to
association representing UK leisure trusts, VAT at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which the county council, a more detailed
and the HMRC, which has also enabled has been advising sporta members report is to be put to the council’s
trusts to reclaim VAT paid for the use of throughout the VAT negotiations, as executive group.
leisure facilities over the past three years. reported in HCM August 2008, adds: In 2006, the council considered
Craig McAteer, chair of sporta, says: “We are delighted that the HMRC policy demolishing the centre and selling
“We’re delighted with this result, which was revised in line with PwC’s technical the land to help fund improvements
gives clarity to a long-standing and analysis. This means that unlimited use to the county’s eight other centres.
confusing situation. It’s a relief for sporta membership packages, that are made
members, who collectively were facing up of predominantly exempt sporting yate re-opens
potential retrospective tax bills of several services, are exempt from VAT.” The health club at the Yate Leisure
Centre in south Gloucestershire
has re-opened after a £1.8m refurb.
new newmarket pool to open this month
The purpose-designed club now
includes 90 pieces of Technogym
A multi-million pound leisure centre on referral assessment room, an equipment overlooking the pool.
and swimming pool is to open this activity studio with treatment rooms A new café, customer services
month in Suffolk. and new changing facilities with sauna/ area, reception and children’s
The new centre, to be managed by steamroom and experience showers. softplay zone have also been built.
Anglia Community Leisure on behalf A new six-lane, 25m pool and a New dry and wetside changing
of the district council, is an extension separate learner pool replace the rooms and a group cycling studio
to the existing Newmarket Leisure town’s 72-year-old swimming pool, are still to be added.
Centre at Newmarket College. The which closed in December. The new design of the centre was
existing sports hall, four squash Leader of Forest Heath District carried out by Createability.
courts, gymnasium will remain. The Council, Geoffrey Jaggard, says: “The The centre is operated by South
fi tness studio is to be relocated and old pool served the town well but was Gloucestershire Leisure Trust, and
will be enlarged to cater for 60 users. showing its age. The new Newmarket is one of fi ve facilities it manages for
There will also be a relocated exercise Leisure Centre is a magnifi cent facility.” South Gloucestershire Council.
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