Consultation events on Five Towns leisure and wellbeing centre

​Date: 18/10/2016
Ref: PR 8378

Residents still have time to share their views on the proposal to build a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose leisure and wellbeing centre in Pontefract Park.

The consultation is seeking views on the plans for the new facility and the proposals to close the outdated leisure centres in Knottingley and Castleford in January 2017, with Pontefract Pool remaining open until around the time the new centre is built.

Members of the public are invited to drop-in at consultation events taking place next week to talk to Council officers about the proposals.

The events are happening on:

• Wednesday 26 October, 10 am - 12 noon, Pontefract Library
• Wednesday 26 October, 1 pm - 4 pm, Pontefract Swimming Pool
• Wednesday 26 October, 9 am - 1 pm, Knottingley Sports Centre
• Wednesday 26 October, 2 pm – 4 pm, Airedale Library
• Thursday 27 October, 9.30 am - 11.30 am, Castleford Library
• Thursday 27 October, 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm, Castleford Swimming Pool

Members of the public can also have their say by taking part in the consultation online at www.wakefield.gov.uk/5townsleisure that ends on Wednesday 9 November.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "I encourage as many people as possible to come along to the drop-in sessions to share their views on the proposals. This is fantastic opportunity for the Five Towns to get the first class facilities they deserve.

"Residents can still tell us what they think through the online consultation on the Council's website or access copies from any of our leisure centres."

The plans for the £14.8m complex in Pontefract Park include a 8 or 10-lane swimming pool, studio pool with moveable floor, and a splash pad water confidence area. The centre would also offer a gym, exercise studios, a two-court sports hall, a 'clip and climb' activity, café and soft play area as well as meeting rooms for community use and referral rooms for exercise and weight management support. Outside there would be tennis courts, an activity and exercise space, five-a-side 3G (synthetic grass) pitches and car parking.

The three current leisure facilities in the Five Towns are the oldest of all the Council's leisure properties. Knottingley Sports Centre was built in 1969, Castleford Pool in 1983 and Pontefract Pool in 1985. An independent report into their condition was published in 2014 that said they are beyond the end of their useful life, and are expensive to maintain. It highlighted that they cannot provide the services to meet the current demand, as leisure needs have changed so significantly in the last 30 years.

The consultation ends on Wednesday 9 November.

ENDS

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