€6.1m needed to buy back leisure centre

Leitrim County Council will have to buy back the leisure centre, currently occupied by Aura in 2018.

Thirteen investors helped to build the complex in Carrick-on-Shannon located beside the MBNA building in 2005. As part of the funding model, Leitrim County Council is obliged to buy it back from the investors in 2018 for the sum of €6.1m.

In the meantime, the local authority pays for the load interest charges linked to the centre at a cost of €160,000 a year. The council has set aside €2m to help cover its commitment in 2018, but this leaves over €4m to be found over the next four years.

In Longford the council is owed €1.89m from the new swimming pool and sporting complex which replaced the 50 year old facility on Market Square. While in Roscommon the leisure centre received more than €100,000 between 2011 and 2012. The council management has said due to staff shortages it will not be able to incorporate the pool into its financial statements until 2015.

The push for new complexes throughout Ireland was originally aimed at ensuring there was one pool for every 50,000. In Scotland there is a centre for every 15,000 people.

Aura Leitrim Leisure has a 25m pool, learner & kiddies pool, studio, gym, sauna & steam room, jacuzzi, astro pitches and playground.


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