Long-overdue repairs to wet and dry changing rooms at Penarth Leisure Centre may be yet further delayed according to PDN sources – following two unsuccessful attempts to get local firms to quote for the work, funding problems and what’s rumoured to be mistakes in the measurements.
The Vale Council had invited 6 companies to submit tenders to carry out the work – but only 1 of those companies responded.
On May 25th PDN reported that the Vale of Glamorgan Council had been “disappointed” at the response received from contractors the second time it had invited them to tender for the work (See https://tinyurl.com/y7eujtmq)
The council then said it would “re-tender” for the work on the Leisure Centre via the Welsh Labour Government’s Sell 2 Wales website – and that a wider group of companies would be invited to contacted.
However this new (third) invitation to tender has yet to be published.
One PDN source says it’s understood that the specifications and some measurements which had been initially supplied by the Vale Council have turned out to be incorrect and there is speculation that council budgets may not now be able to cover the costs .
Repairs to the Penarth Leisure Centre were continually postponed by the 2012/2017 Labour administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council – but when the Conservative administration took over the council last year they initiated a plan for a major make-over for the Leisure Centre.
Under the terms of this contract the successful firms would have been required to deliver what are described as “community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives”.
There was repair work done to the Leisure Centre after the disastrous fire in February 2014 – but the then Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council only refurbished the fire-damaged areas – and not the rest of the building.
The long overdue work to the changing rooms – including plans to convert the facilities into a Unisex “changing village” had been constantly delayed by the Labour administration.