Redruth School is proposed site for new athletics track
Redruth School is being proposed as the new venue for Carn Brea’s replacement running track.
Cornwall Council is to sell off land at the Carn Brea leisure centre which is being demolished and rebuilt with its running track relocated.
Two supermarkets and other retailers are said to be interested in the 17 acre site in Pool.
Three options were considered by the council’s finance and resources portfolio advisory committee yesterday, including Richard Lander School in Truro and Camborne International Academy.
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They voted in favour of the Redruth School, said Alex Folkes, portfolio holder for finance and resources, saying it would secure the future of the track in the Camborne/Redruth area for many years.
Campaigners, battling to keep the track in the Camborne and Redruth, fearing a Truro base would reduce access to hundreds in the far south west, are now waiting for a final decision to be taken by the council’s Cabinet on November 27.
Writing on his blog, Mr Folkes added: “Studies of all three showed they would be viable financially, although all still face hurdles to be overcome. There was a lot of concern from local councillors and the athletics community to ensure that the facility remained in the Camborne/Redruth area and the decision fits their desires.
“Both the Carn Brea leisure centre and running track are approaching the end of their life. With the current financial climate, it was doubtful that the council could have afforded to re-provide the facility from its own resources. But we have received two offers for the land and this would provide enough money to refurbish the leisure centre and to re-provide the running track.
“But the key decision has been over the site for the re-located running track. It cannot stay where it is because that is where the developer plans to build.