RESIDENTS have been sharing their views on plans for a new multi-million pound sports complex in the Spen Valley.
The £14m leisure centre is set to be constructed on the site of the current Spenborough Pool in Liversedge, replacing its ageing facilities and those lost when Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre was knocked down in 2016.
Outline plans – including a new two-storey leisure centre, an eight-lane 25m pool, a five-lane 20m activity pool, fitness suite, exercise and cycling studios – were approved by the council’s cabinet in August last year.
Some £13.25m for the centre will be provided by Kirklees Council, with the remaining £750,000 provided by Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL).
A new fly-through video of the planned centre has been produced and can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIMt-dN0PEg.
Some users aren’t happy though, as it has emerged that the existing skatepark to the rear of the site will be lost in the redevelopment, and an online petition has been launched in an bid to save it.
The current Spenborough Pool, on Bradford Road, was opened in 1969 and is well used but the pool’s concrete structure is on an ‘at risk’ register due to an ageing water tank that could leak.
Drop-in sessions organised to give residents the opportunity to view and comment on the plans began at the pool and there will be further sessions at local libraries in the coming weeks.
The consultation period runs until Monday April 1.
The council hoped to gain planning permission by the autumn.
Coun Shabir Pandor, leader of Kirklees Council, said: “It’s great to see the plans for this fantastic new centre.
“They really bring it to life. Whilst we have already consulted with a number of interested parties, the public engagement sessions are a great opportunity for local residents to look and feed back with their comments.
“The plans show an excellent community facility which will promote healthier lifestyles and complement the growth of the area in the years to come. As a council we’re committed to investing in our communities, both financially and in the wellbeing of the residents.
“We’d like to encourage everyone to come along to one of the many engagement events we’ve arranged to learn more about these fantastic plans and share your thoughts with us.”
Monday March 25, 10am-12pm
Tuesday March 26, 10am-12pm
Tuesday March 28, 3pm-5pm
Saturday March 30, 10am-12pm
Monday April 1, 1pm-3pm