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Public display for Worthing pool plans

Wilkinson Eyre Architects-designed proposals due to be submitted at end of May

By Pete Hayman

Local residents in Worthing, West Sussex, will be given the opportunity to view proposals for the town's new £17m swimming pool and leisure complex throughout May. Plans for the Wilkinson Eyre

Architects-designed scheme are due to be submitted at the end of May, with construction work expected to start at the seafront site in April 2011. The proposed seafront

complex will include a six-lane, 25m competition pool; a combined learner and diving pool with 1m (3.3ft) and 3m (9.8ft) diving boards; and an indoor leisure pool with flume and outdoor waters. A health and fitness centre, a café and flexible studio space

London Irish plans rejected

Spelthorne Council in west London has rejected plans by London Irish rugby club for a new sporting centre of excellence in Sunbury- on-Thames, Surrey. The application was in

two parts, the first to demolish the clubhouse, driving range and other structures at Hazelwood Golf Club site to create five adult and 12 junior pitches, plus a clubhouse for London Irish. The second was to

demolish the existing London Irish stand and clubhouse in The Avenue, Sunbury, and use the land for the development of a mix of 194 houses and flats, a 60-bedroom care home, a health centre and a neighbourhood park.

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Trust takes over Bournemouth facilities

Bournemouth Borough Council

The seafront complex will include a six-lane, 25m swimming pool

for activities and events are also among the facilities planned as part of the scheme, with details of the leisure waters still yet to be finalised. A spokesperson for Worthing

Borough Council said: "The design aims to maximise the potential of the site with

'ribbons' of accommodation flowing from north to south to emphasise the connection between land and sea." Wilkinson Eyre Architects was

selected for the scheme after winning a Royal Institute of British Architects design compe- tition for the venue.

Sportspark submits £2.8m plans

has transferred responsibility for five leisure facilities, the Bournemouth International Centre and the Pavilion to a new trust – BH Live. Run by an independent board of 11 trustees, the charitable trust took control of the venues on 1 May after being set up to deliver "significant" financial and service benefits. Stokewood Leisure Centre; Sir David English Sports Centre; Kinson Swimming Pool; Pelhams Park Leisure Centre and the Littledown Centre are the sites now operated by BH Live.

New changing village for Hartlepool facility

Hartlepool Borough Council has unveiled a new changing village at the town's Mill House Leisure Centre as part of its wider £1m refurbishment of the venue. Funded mainly by Sport England, work has included replacing the male and female changing rooms with a single village, which is designed to be family friendly and offer access for disabled people.

Sporta re-elects board for fourth term

The Sports and Recreation

The scheme will create a new Olympic-standard gymnastics venue

By Luke Tuchscherer

Sportspark, a multi-million pound sports facility located at the University of East Anglia (UEA), has submitted plans for a £2.8m expansion. As previously reported by

Leisure Opportunities, the plans are set to include an Olympic- standard gymnastics centre and an enlarged SoccerPark. If the plans are approved,

three new seven-a-side football

pitches are due to open before Christmas and the gymnastics centre by next summer. UEA director of PE and sport

Keith Nicholls said: "Our success over the last decade has enabled us to reinvest nearly £9m in the last seven years. "The gymnastics centre will

enable us to meet the huge unsatisfied demand for gymnastics in the area and open up Sportspark to a large number of new young people."

Trust Association (sporta) has re-elected its executive committee for an unprecedented fourth term. The committee, voted back in during the sporta AGM, comprises chair Craig McAteer from Link4Life; vice chair Jon Argent from Halo Leisure; treasurer Mark Sesnan from Greenwich Leisure; and honorary secretary Adrian Bailey from Barnsley Premiere Leisure. The only change to the executive board is the replacement of Edinburgh Leisure's Keith Jackson, who is retiring, with Ewan Jackson of Borders Sport and Leisure Trust.

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