Minsthorpe Pool building to be demolished

Ref: PR 4669
Date: 8/11/2014

We have confirmed plans to demolish the former Minsthorpe swimming pool building by early next year.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "Unfortunately no parties have come forward to refurbish the existing facility at Minsthorpe so we are moving forward with plans to demolish the building.

"The facility is becoming victim to frequent vandalism and is continuing to cost the Council money month on month, so the safest and most cost-effective solution is to start its demolition."

The programme for the demolition will take approximately 26 weeks to allow for utilities to be disconnected and appropriate surveys to be carried out.

The Minsthorpe Pool site will continue to be owned by the Council until the final decision around the location of future leisure provision is provided.

The Council launched a review into all its leisure facilities last year in response to the deteriorating condition of pools and continued cuts in Government funding.

As part of the review, a consultation has been held for residents to have their say on the district's leisure facilities before a final decision is made. The consultation closes tomorrow (August 12) but is still available online at www.wakefield.gov.uk/leisureconsultation

Following the consultation a report will be presented to the Council's key decision makers later in the year for a decision about the future of leisure provision in the district. ​