Abbey Leisure Centre pitch upgrade
12:22pm 6th June 2011
Selby District Council has announced that it will invest in upgrading the sports pitch at Abbey Leisure Centre in Selby, in an innovative partnership with the organisation that delivers leisure services on behalf of the authority, WLCT.
At the Council's Executive meeting last week (Thursday 2nd June), it was agreed that the Council will work in partnership with WLCT to develop the pitch at the Scott Road site, in a deal that will secure the sports facilities in the long-run for the whole community.
Previously the Council had been looking at a partnership arrangement to enhance facilities at Selby College, but various issues with the funding of that scheme led to the Council looking at alternative options.
The new investment at the Abbey Leisure Centre pitch will deliver a brand all-weather surface, which could be suitable for both football and hockey.
Costs for the scheme are likely to be in the region of £250,000. Formal discussions will now take place between the Council and WLCT to look at the potential of sharing the refurbishment costs and income from the facilities.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said:
"Our aim has always been to ensure the people of Selby have access to great quality sports field facilities. Whilst we've looked at other options in the past, in the current circumstances we believe that upgrading the Abbey Leisure Centre site offers the best option for our residents.
"There's a lot going on at Abbey Leisure Centre right now, with a recent £1million upgrade to facilities inside the building and a massive increase in the number of members. We'll be building on that success with this new all-weather sports pitch that will support a number of local teams and individuals.
"Yet again, we're seeing new investment facilitated by our innovative partnership to deliver leisure services with WLCT. It's a deal that that means new money can go in, but it actually costs taxpayers less to run these services - a win-win for people living in the district."
With agreement having only just been reached to pursue the Abbey Leisure Centre development, no timescale for the work has yet been agreed. Discussions will take place with WLCT to progress the development, once it is known whether Scrutiny Committee wants to call-in the decision for scrutiny.
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