By Tony Earnshaw Local Democracy Reporter
IT WAS once a magnet for youngsters wanting to learn how to swim.
Now, 50 years after it was opened, Spenborough Pool has been demolished to clear the way for a new £15m leisure complex. It’s been described as “the end of an era”.
The forthcoming Spen Valley Leisure Centre is the first major leisure infrastructure project in North Kirklees for decades.
Demolition of the old pool and fitness complex, which closed on August 31, is expected to be complete by February next year. Its replacement is due to open in September, 2021.
The new centre on Bradford Road in Liversedge will have an eight-lane 25m pool and a secondary activity pool with an adjustable depth.
All facilities – a 600sqm gym, exercise studios and changing rooms as well as the pools – will be under one roof. The current staff of 40 is likely to be reduced.
Prior to bulldozers arriving on site, one lifeguard, who joined the pool’s staff in 1979, said it was an old building that was past its prime. He added: “The new building is what the community deserves.”
A much-loved facility, Spenborough Pool was opened by the Duchess of Kent on March 7, 1969.
Thousands of children learned to swim there over half a century.