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Demolition Work Started on Selby's Abbey Leisure Centre

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7:18am 28th February 2013

Demolition work on Abbey Leisure Centre in Selby has begun, a year after the devastating fire destroyed the leisure complex.


Selby District Council say that work is progressing on the Council's plans to re-build the Leisure Centre and deliver brand new fitness and swimming facilities for the district in a newly designed building.


The leisure centre was devastated by fire in February last year.  The Council worked quickly with its leisure services provider, WLCT, to provide alternative fitness facilities in the town centre, however this was only a medium-term solution say Selby District Council.


Over recent months the Council and WLCT have been drawing up plans for the new Abbey Leisure Centre building. The new building at the Scott Road site will deliver a brand new leisure centre fit for the 21st century, say Selby District Council.  They add that this will include a brand new 25m 6-lane swimming pool.


Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, "We know the loss of the swimming facilities has been particularly difficult for our residents and we want them to see that progress is being made and we will deliver brand new first-class leisure facilities for the district.


"The new leisure centre will be better suited to people's needs.  Councillors have been out and about talking to residents at Community Engagement Forums and other venues to let them know how the work is progressing and ensure that the facilities match what is needed.


"We want the new leisure centre to be a real focus for the whole community - this won't just benefit Selby town; having this new facility on the doorstep will benefit people from across the district.  It will be a real draw for the area."


Cllr Crane continued, "The start of the demolition work is the first step on the road to delivering fantastic new facilities for our residents."


The Council has asked Sport England to contribute £2m towards the costs of the new centre which will provide a larger gym, health and fitness suite, multi purpose activity hall, fitness studio and a new outdoor all weather sports pitch. It's anticipated that the new leisure centre will take around 24 months to complete, subject to the further development of the plans say Selby District Council. They add that in the meantime, the fitness facilities at Portholme Crescent remain in place.

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