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Buyer comes in for sports complex
Buckmore Park sports complex
The sports complex needs 500,000 of re-investment
A developer is buying a leisure centre site in Kent which has been shut for more than two years.

The Buckmore Park sports complex, near Chatham, closed in April 2003 after opening with the help of 2.9m of lottery money.

The Medway and Strood Scouts groups continued to use Buckmore Park's camping facilities until a row over rent payments this year.

Now Trent Developments are buying the land from the Rochester Bridge Trust.

Developer Toby Atkinson said they had exchanged contracts but there was no timescale yet on the purchase going through.

'Preferential rate'

"The scouts are being taken through the court process to vacate the property and who knows how long the court process lasts.

"It could be the end of this summer, it could be the beginning of 2006."

The disused public sports complex includes a gym, climbing wall, swimming pool, sports hall, rifle range and facilities for caving and archery.

Mr Atkinson said: "We're planning to open up the leisure centre again and we have a couple of tenants that are looking to operate from there."

He added they were already in talks to allow the scout groups to use the site at a "preferential rate".

The prospective tenants "understand that we wish to offer the facility back to the scouts", said Mr Atkinson.

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