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Leisure centre unveils new £35,000 sports floor

Assistant Manager Karl Holmes with Gary Brigden, Duty Officer, at The Dome Leisure Centre in Mildenhall with the new flooring.

Assistant Manager Karl Holmes with Gary Brigden, Duty Officer, at The Dome Leisure Centre in Mildenhall with the new flooring.

Mildenhall’s Dome Leisure Centre has received a welcome boost following a £35,000 upgrade to one of its major sporting facilities.

On Monday, staff at the Bury Road centre re-opened the site’s main hall to the public following the completion of a three-week refurbishment project to install a new sports floor.

Funded by Suffolk County Council, owners of the building, the new hard top polyurethane floor replaces the centre’s original ground wood floor which had been in use since the building first opened.

“We are very pleased with what has been carried out as it recognises that the premises needed to be upgraded,” said Tony Bass, chief executive of Anglia Community Leisure, which runs the site on behalf of Forest Heath District Council.

“The good thing about ground wood floors is that they have a long life but there does come a point when they do need re doing again.

“The new surface has got more give in it and it will be able to accommodate a much wider range of sports.”

The refurbishment of the main hall is the latest in a series of upgrades the centre has undergone, with both its outdoor sports courts and boiler system receiving overhauls.

Although much of the centre has seen recent improvements, Mr Bass has not ruled out the possibility of even more taking place should the funding be made available.

“Our priority is to provide quality sports provisions for people in Mildenhall and, because of Suffolk County Council’s investment, we have been able to do just that and bring things up to date,” said Mr Bass.

“We are in talks with Suffolk County Council about the changing rooms as it is the one major area that needs improving,” said Mr Bass.

“If the funding is available then hopefully they can be upgraded.”

 

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