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BRIDLINGTON’S Leisure World complex will be re-built.

That is the view of Bridlington councillor Richard Burton, who chaired East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Greater Prosperity Scrutiny committee which was told funding of £15 million to replace it with a new version had disappeared with the winding up of funding agency Yorkshire Forward.

Coun Burton said: “The council is very keen to get something in its place which is suitable for residents and visitors alike.

“We need more information about what is proposed and of alternative funding streams.

“The council is in the process of working up a contingency plan to deal with ongoing costs and problems associated with the old building.”

His committee had been told in a report by Alan Menzies, the council’s director of planning and regeneration, that Leisure World was “past the end of its economic life”, the 3B’s Theatre was no longer sustainable and as each year went by it was becoming more expensive to maintain, especially its pool operating equipment.

A replacement was hoped for, but that would depend on the type and scale of work and the availability of funding.

How much funding the council needs for Leisure World and other projects which had their capital funding reduced or curtailed will be the subject of a report to the council in June this year.