Almost exactly two years ago, we wrote the following text, which consists of quotations from borough council documents. (We’ve added some minor details since then.) So it’s time for a update – which we’ve provided at the end.
2006 borough council Corporate Plan, key priority: “Develop a replacement strategy for the Arena within the Camberley area by April 2008”.
April 2008: “At a meeting of the council’s executive last month, members considered a report that recommended the funding of a feasibility study into options available to the council for the future use of the civic area east of Knoll Road, in addition to delivering a replacement for the Arena Leisure Centre.”
End 2011: “A taskforce is to be assembled to look at all options for the future of the Arena Leisure Centre when the current contract runs out [in 2016]”
July 2014: “Options for the future of this facility are being investigated with an opportunity to redevelop the site into a state-of-the-art leisure centre, currently being explored. Surrey Heath Borough Council Executive will consider investment options to refurbish or redevelop the facility.”
Dec 2014 : “Strategic Objective: Renew the leisure centre.”
Minutes of Dec 2016 SHBC Executive Committee meeting: “The Executive considered a report outlining a proposed process for the replacement of the Arena Leisure Centre and seeking approval for funding the process. The current Arena contract had been extended in March 2016 for a further three years and was therefore due to expire in March 2019.
“Members were informed that Condition Surveys undertaken by Hampshire County Council in 2012 had identified a need for £1.1m of structural, mechanical and engineering services work to be undertaken over the next ten years to maintain the Arena’s existing service offer. Mechanical plant was likely to need replacing in five years at an estimated cost of approximately £500,000.”
If the Eye is still alive, we’ll provide a further update in a couple of years or so. We wonder what it will say….