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19May94 UK: BOOM IN LEISURE JOBS PREDICTED.

A mini-boom in council leisure building could happen this year, says financial watchdog the Audit Commission.It believes councils which face abolition in the local government review may decide to disappear in a blaze of glory by using reserves to start prestige projects. Successor councils would then have to pick up the final bill.The English local government review is changing the current system of split duties between counties and districts to one of all-purpose districts.But the commission cautioned councils tempted to spend freely.It warned that last time local government was re-organised, in 1974, outgoing councils went on a spree of building swimming pools. Between 1974 and 1976 some 350 pools were opened, but fewer than 50 were built in each of the next 15 years. CONSTRUCTION NEWS