Upgrades To Scilly’s Leisure Infrastructure Needed Says Report

Sports Hall at Carn Gwaval

Sports Hall at Carn Gwaval

St Mary’s could see a new, bigger swimming pool and a new visitor centre, shared with the Wildlife Trust.

Those are some of the upgrades to the islands’ sports and leisure infrastructure being proposed by consultants Ash Futures as part of their plan to transform the islands’ economy by 2024.

Some St Mary’s residents had expressed disappointment that the current swimming pool at Normandy wasn’t relocated to Carn Gwaval as part of the new sports facilities, opened in 2012.

But the economic report by Ash Futures says the Council has a long-term plan to build a bigger 9m by 20m swimming pool there. That’s likely to cost around £1.5m.

There’s also a proposal to build a new £1m visitor and information centre, shared with the Wildlife Trust.

The Tourist Information Centre relocated to the new Schiller Shelter at Porthcressa last year, drawing criticism about the loss of amenity space for visitors as the shelter had to be locked when the TIC was shut.

Ash Futures says some of the islands’ busier paths are suffering from erosion and the board walks, bridges and bird hides at Lower and Higher Moors and Holy Vale are old and require urgent replacement. The cost of that, at up to £500,000, is likely to fall on the Wildlife Trust.

 



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