RESIDENTS are being asked to share 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).
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.
Over the past few months Kirklees and KAL have been working with community groups and others who will use the centre, to make sure their feedback helps shape the plans.
It's now over to the public, with a number of drop-in sessions organised to give residents the opportunity to view and comment on the plans.
The sessions will run between Monday March 18 and Monday April 1. Following the two-week consultation, planning permission for the building will be sought.
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."
The public engagement sessions will take place across the district: