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£2m funding for new Selby leisure centre
FUNDING for the new leisure centre for Selby will be supported by more than £2 million from a national organisation.
Plans for the building, which would replace the Abbey Leisure Centre in Scott Road, were approved by Selby District Council, and initial estimates suggested it is could cost up to £9 million.
Last month, the council said it was “hopeful that Sport England will make a significant contribution towards the costs” of the new centre, but this week, the agenda for an upcoming meeting of the Scrutiny Committee confirmed the level of contribution.
The agenda includes a report which states: “The offer of a grant of £2.032m from Sport England has been confirmed subject to the completion of a Lottery Funding Agreement between the Council and Sport England. Tenders have been invited for the design and build of the proposed new centre and the closing date for receipt of completed tenders is September 26.”
The offer of the grant was confirmed by Sport England last Wednesday, subject to the completion of a Lottery Funding Agreement, but only made available to the public yesterday.
Under the Sport England agreement, the council created a business plan, which states the new leisure centre should be operating in profit from 2017.
Coun Jack Crawford, chairman of the scrutiny committee, said: “We were all hoping it would come through and it has done at the end and that should really trigger the setting up of the contract for the building so it’s excellent news.
“It’s something we were all confident about in one sense, but you never know until you have seen it in black and white.”
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