Fort Regent may have to close 'within a few years'

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FORT Regent could be closed within the next few years unless 'tens of millions of pounds' is invested into the ageing facility, the politician with responsibility for sport has warned.

Following decades of under-investment, parts of the centre, which is used by thousands of Islanders each day, are beginning to fall into disrepair.

And Assistant Economic Development Minister Steve Pallett has warned that unless the States or a private firm makes a significant investment into the once thriving leisure complex, the government may have no option but to close it due to health and safety concerns.

The Constable, who has responsibility for sport, admitted that the States would even consider allowing a private investor to change the use of the Fort, but stressed that the many sports club who use the venue would be found alternative sites (see page 64).

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