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£2m Selby leisure centre boost
8:58am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
THE news that more than £2 million of funding will be granted to help build a new leisure centre in Selby has been welcomed by the council.
Plans for the building, which will replace the former leisure centre in Scott Road which was destroyed by fire in February 2012, could end up costing £9 million, and last month the authority said it was hopeful some of the funding would be provided by Sport England.
This week, it was announced that Sport England would support the new development with £2.032 million of National Lottery funding, under the Iconic Facilities legacy fund.
Coun Gillian Ivey, deputy leader of the council, said: “This is exciting news for the people of the district.
“This is a significant contribution towards the costs of the new centre and the news means we are on track to deliver the top class sporting facilities we promised to our residents.
“The new development will be a real draw for the whole of the Selby district and will bring people into the town, which will have a beneficial knock-on effect on local businesses too.”
A council spokeswoman said the news was “an important leap forward” for the redevelopment, only weeks after planning permission was granted for the new building.
The new leisure centre will include two swimming pools, a gym, sauna and steam room.
Outside, a refurbished all weather sports pitch will provide new opportunities for local sports clubs.
Charles Johnston, property director of Sport England, said: “Our investment in Selby’s new leisure centre will allow local residents to get back into sport following last year’s devastating fire. By investing in top class, local facilities that provide a good sporting experience, we’re helping more people develop a sporting habit for life.”
The council is now working with leisure services provider, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, and Sport England on plans for the site, and tenders are currently being received for the construction of the new building.
Work is expected to start on site in November, and be complete by Christmas 2014.
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