ELLESMERE Port’s EPIC leisure centre could be demolished and rebuilt.
That is one option borough councillors will look at as they decide the future of the McGarva Way facility.
Another is to extensively refurbish the sports centre at a cost of many thousands of pounds.
Philip Hearfield, borough director of operational services, said: ‘At its meeting on July 31, the council considered a report from its head of property and support services on the condition of the EPIC swimming pool.
‘It was agreed the council proceeds as a matter of urgency to examine options to completely refurbish the facility or to provide a new sports complex as soon as possible.
‘It is estimated that an extensive refurbishment could be completed by autumn 2009, whereas a demolition and re-build would take until spring 2010.’
Meanwhile, the council approved the installation of safety netting to the underside of the pool area ceiling, at a cost of £21,000, and the installation of additional low-level lighting, to increase any levels lost by installing this net, at a cost of £7,000.
The work has since been completed and the pool reopened on Monday last week. It had been closed since June when leaks appeared in the ceiling following torrential rain.
Pat Welch, borough community unit manager, said Active8, which runs the EPIC, has asked for extra funding for a new telephone system.
She explained: ‘Active8 have indicated that the EPIC telephone system is obsolete and can no longer be repaired in the event of a part or system failure.
‘They would be unable to function properly without a telephone system.
‘Active8 also state that a new system would allow improved service for the customer and more efficient communications within the organisation.’
The final decision on funding rests with the council’s resources committee.