The head of Bridlington Renaissance believes plans for the new Leisure World is a major step forward in the town’s bid to regenerate.
John Lister said that the plans are a “significant investment” in Bridlington, and another piece in the jigsaw which will help attract developers to carry out the aims of the Area Action Plan (AAP) regeneration policy.
Mr Lister said: “This announcement is certainly a step in the right direction for the AAP, and it follows on from other investments in the town. I think any multi million pound development is a pull for developers.
“Something has been going on in the town for a few years now - first was the major renovation of the Spa, the transport plan and park and ride, Yorkshire Water’s £40m investment in Bridlington’s beaches. It is all positive. “The new facility is effective in bookending the promenades between Leisure World and the Spa, we believe it will have the same kind of success as the Spa.
“The design of the new centre has been carefully thought out to provide the best facility for residents, and also to attract visitors.”
Discussions with sports clubs and users of the centre, with Bridlington’s Town Team and Business Forum amongst others, as well as sporting bodies including Sport England the Amateur Swimming Association hasve been going on for around three years to develop the plans.
These disussions included the possibility of moving the facility away from Promenade and situating it elsewhere in the town.
Mr Lister continued: “We looked at different sites in the north, east, west and south of the town - around Moorfield car park was one area and we also looked at the Sports Centre site at Gypsey Road.
“But it was decided that the town centre location was best.
“We can still take advantage of the fabulous sea views, and plans are in place to keep sports provision going with the temporary pool and classes moving to the Sports Centre while the work goes on.”
Now Mr Lister hopes that the public will take part in the consultations, which begin with plans being displayed on Monday.
The AAP was adopted as council policy in January, and now regeneration chiefs are working on the Supplementary Planning Document, which will accompany it.
Consultation on that document ended last week, and Mr Lister said he hopes that it would go before the council’s cabinet by the end of the summer, so that planning can start on individual projects included in the AAP.