A DEVELOPER has come on board to buy the running track land at Carn Brea leisure centre in a deal that will provide funding for the centre’s huge overhaul.
Cornwall Council confirmed that it has accepted an offer from a developer who will use the land for food and non food retail business.
Cornwall Council will not name the developer until the decision to accept the offer has been discussed by a scrutiny committee later this month.
Initial reports suggested Asda were “looking” at the land but the council would only confirm it is to be used for food and non food retail use.
It comes after cabinet backed plans to sell off the running track at a meeting last week.
The council’s cabinet to go ahead with a “comprehensive refurbishment” of the centre rather than rebuilding the centre on its current footprint.
Alex Clifton, from Carn Brea Leisure Centre Trust, said the building will be totally unrecognisable and it will be a huge boost for the Camborne, Redruth and Pool area.
Colin Rowe, Carn Brea Leisure Centre Trust’s Chairman, said “We have been working alongside Cornwall Council for some time to reach this key milestone and are delighted that Cabinet has approved the exciting proposals, we are now very much looking forward to working through the next stages of the project with our various partners.
“The Council and Trust were both committed to finding a suitable location within Camborne, Pool or Redruth as our first choice and it is fantastic news that Redruth School has been confirmed as the preferred location, which ,all being well, secures athletics provision within CPR for the long term.”
Cabinet has also agreed to build a new running track before the old is defunct.
Redruth School has been agreed as the preferred site for it.
Outlining the background to the proposal at last week’s meeting of the Cabinet Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said that the Leisure Centre building was in urgent need of improvement and that the authority had been working with Carn Brea Leisure Trust to investigate ways of funding these works.
Mr Folkes said: “We recognise the importance of the leisure centre to the local residents and are committed to working with the Carn Brea Leisure Trust to carry out improvements to the facilities.”