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Quarter of a million pound investment in sport in Selby

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12:34pm 5th March 2012

Selby District Council's Executive wants to push ahead with plans to provide a brand new all-weather pitch for community sports teams, despite the severe fire at Abbey Leisure Centre last week.

Members of the Executive have set out their determination to support the new development, which will provide a new playing surface for football, rugby and hockey teams.  Councillors agreed to release the £250,000 required for the scheme, but details of the timescale for the development remain under review until more is known about the impact of the recent leisure centre fire.

The Council still awaits a report on the structure of the leisure centre building before being able to make a decision about what happens next.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, explained:

"The Executive unanimously backed the proposal to push ahead with the development of the new all-weather pitch because we recognise what an important resource this will be for local people.

"We've done a lot of work to get to this stage, with the help of local sports groups, and I really want to see this new all-weather pitch delivered for our community.

"The fire at the leisure centre has been a real set-back, but we're absolutely determined to move quickly to find alternative ways in which we can deliver leisure services in the short and medium-term.  We started these discussions within hours of the fire, because this is a key priority for us now."

The new playing surface will enable a wide range of sports to use the new pitch facilities, and local sports groups have been involved in the process of choosing the new surface material to ensure it meets their needs.  The pitch is designed to be easily divided between different sports, to maximise opportunities for people to use it.

The Executive agreed to the release of the funds needed for the development; these will now be held in reserve until further details are confirmed about what happens next at the Abbey Leisure Centre site, which will follow from the review into the current building's structural soundness.

The decision of the Executive is subject to potential call-in from the Council's Scrutiny Committee.  Under the Council's constitution, the Scrutiny Committee is able to assess 'key decisions' made by the Executive.  This is a 'key decision' because of the amount of money involved.

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