Crow Review - Opening of the Year
AFTER years of waiting Royston s £5 million leisure centre was eventually opened. Although the complex on a site behind The Meridian School took just 18 months to be contructed, the campaign to have a leisure centre stretched over almost 30 years. As Coun
AFTER years of waiting Royston's £5 million leisure centre was eventually opened.
Although the complex on a site behind The Meridian School took just 18 months to be contructed, the campaign to have a leisure centre stretched over almost 30 years.
As Councillor Ian Knighton said at the opening in September: "There is a long history of how we got here, and at times people may have believed the leisure centre was not going to materialise."
But materialise it did, and Councillor F John Smith, leader of North Hertfordshire District Council and a long-standing campaigner for the leisure centre, described the completion of the complex as "a great day for Royston".
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He was one of those people who in the 1970s said it was "perfectly obvious" that Royston needed a leisure centre.
One serious setback, however, came when a bid for Lottery cash was rejected, and the whole project was again thrown into uncertainty.
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It has to be said that there was a determination to see the scheme through and the appearance of Pellikaan Construction on the scene convinced the district council that a leisure centre could become a reality.
The opening of the complex was carried out by Royston's MP Oliver Heald, who recognised all those who "fought so hard" over the years for the leisure centre.