Bill to repair Southsea leisure centre hit by flood will be £334,000

VENUE The Pyramids Centre in Southsea
VENUE The Pyramids Centre in Southsea
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THE bill to repair flood damage at The Pyramids Centre in Portsmouth is more than £300,000.

Water poured into the Southsea complex’s plant room, while electric and mechanical equipment was destroyed during storms earlier this month.

Floods swept into the back offices and changing rooms and sea water seeped into the pool.

Contractors estimate the cost of repairs is £334,000. Now, future investment programmes at the centre could be sped up to help resolve problems caused by floods.

Portsmouth City Council’s insurance excess is capped at £100,000, so it could bring forward future maintenance plans in order to cover the rest.

BH Live, which runs The Pyramids on behalf of the council, also plans to spend £200,000 on improvements.

Councillor Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘We have been talking about this and see it as an opportunity.

‘We are bringing forward all the planned works and want to do them all at once.’

Cllr John Ferrett, Labour group leader, maintains the building should still be demolished to stop being a burden.

Meanwhile, council workers were due to begin repairing a hole in the sea wall at Long Curtain Moat, in Old Portsmouth.

They will then have an idea of the costs involved in getting it permanently fixed. The floodgates at Sallyport also need repairing and plates at the gunports have broken loose.

Floods in Copnor Road hope to be resolved when water starts getting pumped into Great Salterns Lake.

A 15m exclusion zone is to be installed on either side of South Parade Pier to protect passers-by from falling debris.