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Issue No 518 £2.00 news & jobs updated daily online
15 December 2009 - 12 January 2010 Circulation 23,035 (July 07 – June 08)
Independent inquiry launched into sports facilities
By Tom Walker Inverdale said: "I want this
inquiry to get into the finer
An independent nationwide detail of the UK's sports
inquiry has been launched to facility stock – and that's
chart the standard and range of something we haven't done for
the UK's sports facilities. a while. We don't really
The Facilities Inquiry will be understand enough about what
undertaken by a panel, chaired people's expectations are or
by sports broadcaster John what they want when it comes
Inverdale, with administrative to doing sport.
support from the Central "The Facilities Inquiry will
Council of Physical Recreation. really get to the bottom of
The inquiry will take those issues and come up with
evidence from a range of The inquiry will look to chart the standard of grass roots facilities recommendations which will
organisations, sports bodies help get more people more
and individuals including enough sport and leisure political parties in England and active. We all want to see more
members of health clubs and facilities, what condition they will produce a report and a people leading more active
sports clubs as well as users of are in and how easily people range of recommendations lifestyles, so it makes sense to
parks, pitches and waterways. can access them. based on its findings. The make sure we're doing the right
The survey hopes to chart The inquiry has received the panel is scheduled to report in thing when it comes to
whether the country has support of all three main April 2010. providing facilities."
Work begins on Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast
MPs call for
New £18m hub for creative arts to replace existing Old Museum Arts Centre
Gatwick rethink
Government ministers
By Tom Walker rehearsal areas, two workshops should give more
and two exhibition spaces. consideration to building
A major new £18m arts Resident company offices, a a new runway at London's
complex is set to open its doors retail unit, full back and Gatwick Airport, rather
to the public Belfast in 2011. front-of-house facilities and a than at Stansted Airport,
Work began in early coffee shop will also be according to a new report
December on the Metropolitan included as part of the MAC, by a committee of MPs.
Arts Centre (MAC), which will which will be delivered and The Transport Select
form part of St Anne's Square managed by OMAC trustees. Committee said it was
in the city's Cathedral Quarter. The Department for Culture, "not convinced that a
The centre will replace the The centre will include galleries Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has national case for an
existing Old Museum Arts and two performance spaces awarded £10.76m towards the additional runway at
Centre and provide a space for cost of the development. Stansted has been made"
theatre, dance and art. capacity for 120 and 350 Belfast-based architects and that Gatwick Airport
Facilities at the complex will spectators respectively, a Hacker Hall McKnight were may be a preferred option
include two black box perfor- 1,000sq m (10,764sq ft) art selected to design the complex for expansion after 2019.
mance spaces with seating gallery, a box office, two after a design competition.
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