Stour Cen­tre open­ing date set for July

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ROUNDABOUT - by Nick Cullen

THE much-de­layed Stour Cen­tre re-open­ing fi­nally looks set to take place in July, and Ash­ford coun­cil has an­nounced a com­pe­ti­tion to cel­e­brate.

Since build­ing work be­gan in Jan­uary 2005, the project has been be­dev­illed by set­backs, in­clud­ing the dis­cov­ery of as­bestos on the site, and le­gal wran­gles with ar­chi­tects Holder Mathias.

If the cen­tre does open in July, it will be 16 months later than planned, and £3m over bud­get.

De­spite all the prob­lems, how­ever, the coun­cil is con­fi­dent enough in the new open­ing date for the cen­tre that it has launched an art com­pe­ti­tion to find the first mem­bers of the pub­lic to take a dip in the re­fur­bished pool.

The two win­ners of the con­test, which is open to young­sters be­tween the ages of eight and 16, will be the first to ride the 50-me­tre flumes that form the cen­tre­piece of the new leisure pool.

They will also win passes for them­selves and three friends for a VIP tour of the cen­tre.

Draw­ings and paint­ings on the theme Sporty Ash­ford should be sent to Stour Cen­tre Art Com- pe­ti­tion, Stour Cen­tre, Tan­nery Lane, Ash­ford, TN23 1PL.

The com­pe­ti­tion is di­vided into two age groups, eight to 11 and 12 to 16. Two run­ners-up in each age group will be given free swim passes.

En­tries should be on A4 pa­per, and the clos­ing date is June 15.

The flumes at the new Stour Cen­tre

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