GROUPS using a South Derbyshire leisure centre have made themselves heard after the district council agreed to fund ‘acoustic panelling’.
Organisations and members of the public who use the Bill Shone Leisure Centre, in Melbourne, have long complained at not being able to hear each other properly due to an echo that is produced in the building.
But the issue looks to be close to a solution after South Derbyshire District Council agreed to put £1,200 towards the repair work to match the fund-raising efforts of people using the centre.
A report from the council’s Housing and Community Services Committee, said: “The building itself is an old building and does not lend itself well to events or groups where the spoken word is important. In order to facilitate as wide a usage as possible it is hoped to have a professional installation of acoustic panelling that will reduce echo and reflected noise.