Hutton Moor Leisure Centre expansion to be debated – as concerns are raised over squash courts

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:14 08 February 2017

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

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Keen squash players fear they will struggle to find a court to play on if planned changes to Weston-super-Mare’s Hutton Moor Leisure Centre go ahead.

North Somerset Council wants to spend £11.15million on the leisure centre, in Hutton Moor Road, and its planning and regulatory committee met as the Mercury went to press yesterday (Wednesday) to debate the proposals.

The plans involve extending the gym, but also reducing the number of squash courts from three to one.

The space will be used to make way for a reception area and spinning room.

Stuart Hebden, who plays squash with his friends several times a week, said: “Reducing the number of courts to one will mean it will be nigh on impossible to book a court to play squash on.

“It isn’t as popular as it used to be, but a lot of people still play it.”

Other proposals for Hutton Moor include replacing the two tennis courts and installing three five-a-side all-weather pitches.

There will also be more studio space, which could be used for additional exercise classes, and the bar area will become a dance studio.

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