Celebrations are under way at Cornwall’s only charitable run leisure centre after work on a £580k improvement scheme was completed in time to coincide with the Trust’s tenth anniversary.
Staff, trustees and users of Carn Brea Leisure Centre can now look forward to benefitting from a village’ style changing area, a reduction in chlorine levels in the swimming pools and a new floor in the sports hall.
The work, which was funded by a grant from Cornwall Council along with a £100k contribution from the Charitable Trust, was officially unveiled by the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Neil Burden and Stanley Grenfell, a regular swimmer at the Centre since it originally opened its doors in 1973.
Centre Manager, Alex Clifton, said: “The beginning of this year has been incredibly busy and exciting for us here at Carn Brea.
“The improvement work will result in a better experience for our users and has definitely taken the Centre to the next level.
“To have the support of Cornwall Council to allow us to carry out this work to fit in with our tenth anniversary was also very important.
“The story of the Centre closing and then re-opening is well documented, but we’ve had a very successful ten years since and we are now very much looking forward to the future.”
Jeff Marston, chairman of the board of trustees, said: “As a Trust we are committed to ensuring the Centre operates efficiently and as environmentally friendly as possible in order to ensure we remain a sustainable enterprise.
“We are tremendously proud to be celebrating ten years of serving the community and thanks to the support of Cornwall Council we will now be able to achieve our charitable aims more effectively.”