Banstead swimming pool plans are scrapped

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The new Banstead leisure centre will no longer include a swimming pool

Plans to include a swimming pool at a new leisure centre in Surrey have been dropped by a local authority.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council said it could no longer afford the facility at Banstead leisure centre.

The £4.3m facility is being built on the Merland Rise recreation ground site and will replace the existing Banstead leisure centre by 2014.

Plans to redevelop Horley leisure centre and refurbish Donyngs leisure centre in Redhill will go ahead.

Adam De Save, the executive member for leisure, said: "We know that many people have enjoyed using the existing pool at the Banstead over the last 30 years.

"But the centre is coming to the end of its life and maintenance costs continue to rise, making it uneconomic to repair."

Council leader Joan Spiers said the local authority had revised its corporate plan, which sets out its priorities until 2015.

She said: "We cannot deliver everything we would like to and have had to make some difficult decisions."

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