Council to splash out with £1.4m Tenby Leisure Centre makeover

Western Telegraph: ALL CHANGE: Tenby Leisure Centre as it currently looks. (4788925) ALL CHANGE: Tenby Leisure Centre as it currently looks. (4788925)

A £1.4m upgrade at Tenby Leisure Centre is being carried out by Pembrokeshire County Council.

Work starts shortly on the major refurbishment, which will include a new fitness facility and café, as well as a makeover of the foyer and other dry-side facilities.

The announcement by the authority has been hailed as ‘wonderful news for both Tenby and south Pembrokeshire’ by local MP Simon Hart, who added: “It’s great to get some positive news about council spending.”

The project is the culmination of Pembrokeshire County Council’s 10-year £20 million leisure facilities strategy, which has seen the building of new leisure centres and upgrading of facilities across the county.

“One way to encourage people to be active is to provide them with top class facilities,” said Councillor Elwyn Morse, cabinet member for sport and leisure. "We hope that the upgrade at Tenby will inspire people to take up more sport and physical activity.”

Chris Payne, Pembrokeshire County Council leisure services manger, said that since 2002, the authority had built two new leisure centres at Fishguard and Haverfordwest and upgraded those at Milford Haven and Pembroke. "In addition we have built a new sports hall for St David’s and upgraded Astroturf pitches and tracks across the county," he added. "Tenby is the culmination of this programme.”

Work starts soon on realigning the driveway entrance to Tenby Leisure Centre and once that is completed. work will start on upgrading the centre itself.

It is expected that the project will take around a year to complete.

The centre will remain open to the public throughout, although there will be a temporary new entrance.

The project has been designed by Pembrokeshire County Council’s in-house team of architects, with centre building work carried out by local contractors WJG Evans.

Commented Mr Hart: “Judging by the number of people I see out running and cycling on the roads at the weekends, I think it’s fair to say that Pembrokeshire is in the grip of exercise fever, which is fantastic.

“We already have the ideal scenery and countryside for training, so it will be great to have indoor facilities to match.

“It’s great to see so many people getting the fitness bug - I do think Ironman is one reason; everyone I know seems to be entering this year!”

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5:02pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Cymru bach says...

Great news but what on earth has it got to do with Simon Hart?

Another bandwagon to jump on!

It's. Pity that he wasn't so quick to comment on the shenanigans of Cllrs a Rob Lewis, Jamie Adams and CEO Mr Bryn 'wher's my pension' Parry-Jones
Great news but what on earth has it got to do with Simon Hart? Another bandwagon to jump on! It's. Pity that he wasn't so quick to comment on the shenanigans of Cllrs a Rob Lewis, Jamie Adams and CEO Mr Bryn 'wher's my pension' Parry-Jones Cymru bach
  • Score: 11

9:41pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Martin Lewis says...

The question must be asked if this news is related to Tenby Cllr Mike Evans' decision to abstain at the recent vote of no confidence in BPJ.
The question must be asked if this news is related to Tenby Cllr Mike Evans' decision to abstain at the recent vote of no confidence in BPJ. Martin Lewis
  • Score: 7

10:08pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Welshman23 says...

Cymru bach wrote:
Great news but what on earth has it got to do with Simon Hart?

Another bandwagon to jump on!

It's. Pity that he wasn't so quick to comment on the shenanigans of Cllrs a Rob Lewis, Jamie Adams and CEO Mr Bryn 'wher's my pension' Parry-Jones
Spot on Cymru Bach
[quote][p][bold]Cymru bach[/bold] wrote: Great news but what on earth has it got to do with Simon Hart? Another bandwagon to jump on! It's. Pity that he wasn't so quick to comment on the shenanigans of Cllrs a Rob Lewis, Jamie Adams and CEO Mr Bryn 'wher's my pension' Parry-Jones[/p][/quote]Spot on Cymru Bach Welshman23
  • Score: 5

11:12pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Flashbang says...

Martin Lewis wrote:
The question must be asked if this news is related to Tenby Cllr Mike Evans' decision to abstain at the recent vote of no confidence in BPJ.
Hypothetically, if it can be proven that this is the way PCC does business it's a very serious charge. The police seem to be very reluctant to look at anything relating to PCC and the alleged illegalities going on behind closed doors. What exactly has happened to the outside force investigation? I haven't seen a word about it anywhere, have they even turned up yet?
[quote][p][bold]Martin Lewis[/bold] wrote: The question must be asked if this news is related to Tenby Cllr Mike Evans' decision to abstain at the recent vote of no confidence in BPJ.[/p][/quote]Hypothetically, if it can be proven that this is the way PCC does business it's a very serious charge. The police seem to be very reluctant to look at anything relating to PCC and the alleged illegalities going on behind closed doors. What exactly has happened to the outside force investigation? I haven't seen a word about it anywhere, have they even turned up yet? Flashbang
  • Score: 9

9:13am Tue 25 Mar 14

Mycroft. says...

Aside from being born in Tenby, and lived there during my childhood, it would seem "What Tenby Wants Tenby Gets". Most of the surrounding villages there also to a certain degree.

Pembrokeshire County Council know that Tenby has always been a very popular seaside resort/town and are quite happy to oblige and shove copious amounts of cash into a venture however small or large, as long as the returns in profit are lucrative enough.
Aside from being born in Tenby, and lived there during my childhood, it would seem "What Tenby Wants Tenby Gets". Most of the surrounding villages there also to a certain degree. Pembrokeshire County Council know that Tenby has always been a very popular seaside resort/town and are quite happy to oblige and shove copious amounts of cash into a venture however small or large, as long as the returns in profit are lucrative enough. Mycroft.
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2:10pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Cymru bach says...

Mycroft I can assure you that 'what Tenby wants, Tenby gets' is far from the reality.

The first point of call for PCC spending is Haverfordwest. Just look at the Leisure facility in Haverfordwest compared to the one in Tenby.

Also look at the new superb skateboard facility adjacent to County Hall. Tenby has been crying out for such a facility for some 5-10 years.

Tenby, supposedly the tourism jewel in the crown of Pembrokeshire, and one of the Nation's premier seaside resort, has been told by PCC that the gardens budget for this year has now been slashed. PCC are proposing to grass over floral displays etc putting the ambience in the town at risk and severely undermining the town's prospects in the Britain in Bloom contests etc which are important for the tourist trade and ultimately the vast majority of employment opportunities in the town
Mycroft I can assure you that 'what Tenby wants, Tenby gets' is far from the reality. The first point of call for PCC spending is Haverfordwest. Just look at the Leisure facility in Haverfordwest compared to the one in Tenby. Also look at the new superb skateboard facility adjacent to County Hall. Tenby has been crying out for such a facility for some 5-10 years. Tenby, supposedly the tourism jewel in the crown of Pembrokeshire, and one of the Nation's premier seaside resort, has been told by PCC that the gardens budget for this year has now been slashed. PCC are proposing to grass over floral displays etc putting the ambience in the town at risk and severely undermining the town's prospects in the Britain in Bloom contests etc which are important for the tourist trade and ultimately the vast majority of employment opportunities in the town Cymru bach
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Cymru bach says...

I meant to add - Mr Hart, would you like to comment on PCC slashing the gardens budget in Tenby, and I presume elsewhere throughout the County?
I meant to add - Mr Hart, would you like to comment on PCC slashing the gardens budget in Tenby, and I presume elsewhere throughout the County? Cymru bach
  • Score: 2

10:38pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Tttoommy says...

Cymru bach wrote:
I meant to add - Mr Hart, would you like to comment on PCC slashing the gardens budget in Tenby, and I presume elsewhere throughout the County?
and closing tourist loos
[quote][p][bold]Cymru bach[/bold] wrote: I meant to add - Mr Hart, would you like to comment on PCC slashing the gardens budget in Tenby, and I presume elsewhere throughout the County?[/p][/quote]and closing tourist loos Tttoommy
  • Score: 2

11:04pm Wed 26 Mar 14

malcolm calver says...

So our beloved MP thinks it is great that cyclists are using our roads more.

Whilst I have nothing against the ordinary cyclist using the road it is about time our well paid police force started taking action against those using the roads as a racetrack, sometimes three abreast.

As to the remarks of why Michael Evans abstained in relation to the Parry Jones (The Chief) motion, I thought favouritism was kept for loyal members of the Independent Party. .
So our beloved MP thinks it is great that cyclists are using our roads more. Whilst I have nothing against the ordinary cyclist using the road it is about time our well paid police force started taking action against those using the roads as a racetrack, sometimes three abreast. As to the remarks of why Michael Evans abstained in relation to the Parry Jones (The Chief) motion, I thought favouritism was kept for loyal members of the Independent Party. . malcolm calver
  • Score: 1

11:30am Sun 30 Mar 14

philipw says...

Since the cycle path from Fishguard to Scleddau and beyond was built 5 or 6 years ago, tearing down nature hedgerows, I could count on the fingers of one hand the amount of cyclists I have seen using if, and I use that road at Least a couple of times a week.
The only places that I gave seen in an increase in cycling(which I am very much in favour of) is in and around Tenby, possibly connected with interest aroused because of the Iron Man competition, where there is little or no provision made for cyclists.
Since the cycle path from Fishguard to Scleddau and beyond was built 5 or 6 years ago, tearing down nature hedgerows, I could count on the fingers of one hand the amount of cyclists I have seen using if, and I use that road at Least a couple of times a week. The only places that I gave seen in an increase in cycling(which I am very much in favour of) is in and around Tenby, possibly connected with interest aroused because of the Iron Man competition, where there is little or no provision made for cyclists. philipw
  • Score: 1

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