Christie Miller Sports Centre in Melksham to close
The development of the community campus is underway in Melksham and will provide a range of new leisure and community services and facilities for the local area. In recent years the town has benefited from significant investment that includes a popular skate park, a new state of the art football and rugby stadium at Oakfields, a new replacement cricket pavilion, and a refurbished and improved Market Place.
The closure of Christie Miller Sports Centre has always been planned as part of the overall scheme of investment in the town and the provision of a new community campus at the Melksham House site. A recent inspection of facilities at the sports centre and the adjacent Highways Depot has confirmed that significant investment of up to £1m over the next three years with an immediate investment of £350,000 is required to enable the building to continue to operate and ensure the safety of both staff and centre users and visitors.
Cabinet member for campuses John Thomson said: "The cost to maintain the centre and the risks associated to ensure that it is fit for purpose for public use has led to this difficult decision to close the centre prior to the new one being available. The cost to continue with this centre is prohibitive and any investment would have a detrimental impact on the new centre and its facilities as the cost would have to be met from the budget allocated for the new campus.
"While we recognise that this will be inconvenient to users, we are making every effort with Places for People, who run this facility on our behalf, to look at alternative provision in other nearby centres.
"We have always been open that the centre would have to close if it became unsafe and required major investment. Unfortunately, that is now the case and we have no option other than to close.
Places for People, that operate the sports centre on behalf of the council, has agreed with Wiltshire Council that the building should close on 19 October 2018 and that alternative
facilities for members and clubs that use the centre will be re-provided, wherever possible.