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IN JEOPARDY: Financial pressures interfere with Berkhamsted Leisure Centre rebuild plans

 Published on: 2nd March 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans to build a new leisure centre in Berkhamsted are in jeopardy due to the ongoing economic crisis.

In March 2019, Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) considered options for the redevelopment of Berkhamsted Leisure Centre, including refurbishing the existing centre, or building a new one. A new-build leisure centre was selected as the preferred option and a construction partner was selected to help develop the proposal in more detail.

However, since the initial decision to proceed with exploring the new-build option, progress has been hampered by “a number of factors”, including the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise in inflation and the increase in energy prices.

A DBC spokesperson said: “These factors have impacted considerably on the cost of delivering the new-build proposal. In view of this, we will be revisiting all the options available.

“We will consider all the feedback that has been provided by stakeholders and the public as part of this process and are still committed to providing an improved and modernised leisure facility for Berkhamsted. The outcome of the options appraisal will be decided in July 2023.”

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