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Leisure centre comments analysed

A council is to look at feedback from residents and sports clubs on its plans for a £13m leisure centre in Northamptonshire.

East Northamptonshire Council held a two-week consultation about the centre proposed for Rushden.

The complex is earmarked for Manor Park, the site of Rushden and Higham Rugby Club.

The council said the comments would help shape a planning application, which could be submitted in September.

Its chief executive David Oliver said he realised the proposals presented "particular problems" for the rugby club.

It is understood the club could be down-sized.

Mr Oliver said: "We and Rushden Town Council have been in discussion with them (the rugby club) for some time, and will continue to work with them to secure their future and help them to grow and flourish."

He said he was also aware of concerns that a theatre space at the town's Pemberton Centre, which would close, will not be replicated at Manor Park.

"We will be looking to develop a multi-purpose arts and culture facility in the town centre as part of our wider plans for the regeneration of Rushden town centre," he added.

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