Welwyn Garden City leisure complex upgrade approved
PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 August 2013
NEARLY £1.6million of public cash is set to be ploughed into redeveloping a WGC leisure complex, it has been agreed.
Bosses at Welwyn Hatfield Council backed plans to spend £1.59million on Campus West – more than £330,000 more than originally expected.
The development includes two new cinema screens, an indoor soft play area and a new bar and cafe.
A meeting last week heard the work is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
The Hawthorne Theatre, RollerCity, Humphrey’s Bar and Cafe and the Sheridan Dance Studio – which are all based in the complex – will remain open.
As reported in the WHT last week, the bill will be £338,000 higher than first expected, because air condition units need to be upgraded.
At a cabinet meeting, councillor Tony Kingsbury, who is responsible for leisure services, said the extra cost was unexpected but necessary.
Following the decision by Welwyn Hatfield Council cabinet members to back the plans, he said the complex had a “special place in the hearts and minds” of people living in the borough.
He added: “It’s high time we made a significant investment in new services to complement the existing ones, and to make Campus West the entertainment venue of choice for the whole family.”
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