Cash boost for uni pool in York
3:46pm 6th July 2010
Good news for sports enthusiast in York.
The council's pledged an extra one-million pounds to help fund a new competition standard swimming pool in Heslington.
The agreement with the University, will see the authority providing three-million in total towards the nine-million pound project.
If the rest of funding can be secured construction could begin early in 2011, with the pool complete by 2012.
Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion, Councillor Nigel Ayre, "This is one-off opportunity to achieve for the city exactly the swimming pool that the city has long needed and never had. The level of facilities will be unprecedented in York and will provide a boost not only to the competitive swimmer but also to individuals and families alike."
"The Council's investment will secure opportunities for: fun activities, open swimming for casual users, fitness swimming, courses and lessons, clubs development facilities, and galas. Public access will be guaranteed, and at no ongoing cost to the Council Tax payer."
"We need to take this opportunity now whilst it is on offer; it will not be repeated in the foreseeable future. The investment by the Council and the University will lever in £1m of external funding; again, this will window will close if we don't exploit it now."
Councillor Ayre said the new pool would be a further step forward in swimming facilities for the city. He said, "When the Liberal Democrats took control of the Council the city's pools were run down and in need of major refurbishment and repair."
"Since our introduction of a swimming strategy for the city we have seen Yearsley restored to life with a £1m investment that has seen user numbers increase by around 40% and Energise has opened with an improved fitness centre and York's first new swimming pool in 35 years. The pool has been hugely popular with a 16% increase in visitors to the pool and gym membership doubling."
"The York Sports village pool would mean York has more swimming lanes than ever before and the city will have its first county standard swimming pool. Real progress has been made on swimming over the past few years and I hope that Council will approve our decision to take this project forward."
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