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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 June 2006, 11:07 GMT 12:07 UK
Protest over axed leisure centre
A demonstration has taken place demanding a council keeps its promise to build a new leisure centre.

Residents in South Norwood, south-east London, want Croydon Council to replace the complex on Portland Road.

The previous Labour leadership had agreed to this, but the Conservative Party, which came in at the local elections, favours a refurbishment.

Locals said this is not good enough, but the Tories said the money can be better spent elsewhere.

'Taxpayers money'

Labour councillor Paul Scott told BBC News: "We hope the strength of feeling will force the Conservatives to reconsider its decision.

"By doing so it will not lose face, in fact it will benefit because it will show it will keep Labour's promises and invest in an area that really needs it."

But councillor Steve Holland, the cabinet member for Culture and Sport at Croydon Council, said: "The Labour Party said it would borrow 10.5m for this.

"We said we would borrow 4m but not the extra 4.5m because this is not the council's money it is Croydon taxpayers money, and it will be them that will be paying it back."

The protest was held at the current centre in Portland Road.

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