New Selby Leisure Centre Plans Get Go Ahead
12:15pm 6th August 2013
Selby's brand new leisure centre has taken a step forward, with planning permission now granted for the development.
The new leisure centre will include two swimming pools, a gym, sauna and steam room. Outside, a refurbished all weather sports pitch will provide new opportunities for local sports clubs.
The new development is at the site of the former Abbey Leisure Centre, which suffered a devastating fire in February 2012. The Council has been working with its leisure services provider, WLCT, and national sports body Sport England to push ahead with proposals to re-develop the site. The Council is hopeful that Sport England will make a significant contribution towards the costs of the new centre and getting planning permission is an important milestone towards securing a grant. A final decision from Sport England on grant funding is expected next month.
Following the planning permission the next stage is to tender for the construction of the new building, from a short-list already drawn up. Subject to the contractors' responses to the tender invitation, work is expected to start on site in November and be complete by Christmas 2014.
Alongside the new leisure centre, the Council is also looking at the possibility of offering other leisure facilities at the same site, although these discussions are still at an early stage.
Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Gillian Ivey, said, "This has been an important step for our new leisure centre, which will deliver first class facilities for the district. The fire at the old Abbey Leisure site was obviously a huge blow, but it's also been an opportunity for us to create something brand new and really exciting at the site.
"With its range of facilities this new development will be a real draw for the area, supporting not only those using the new centre but also with a knock on benefit to local businesses too."
As part of the development of the plans, representatives from the Council recently set up a market stall in Selby to talk directly to people about what they would like to see from their new leisure centre.
Prior to the opening of the new facility, the Profile fitness Centre at Portholme Crescent remains open for business. This was opened in the immediate aftermath of the fire at the Abbey Leisure Centre, and offers a wide range of fitness facilities including a gym and fitness studio.
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