THE FUTURE of Bridlington’s Leisure World looks set to be decided in the new year after council bosses said that a “multi-million pound sum” had been set aside for the complex.
The future of the seafront swimming pool and gym is under investigation by council bosses as part of a scheme to improve leisure facilities in the town.
Meetings about the scheme with groups using the venue took place earlier this year but the council remained tight-lipped over specific plans.
Now John Lister, head of the Bridlington Renaissance Team, said: “As it stands at the moment there is some money allocated in the capital programme, a multi-million pound sum has been set aside.
“We will have a full update early in the new year when we will be looking at a more formal consultation. But there is nothing that we can report on now.”
He said that the multi-million pound sum had been set aside in the capital programme but it was now a case of deciding how best to deal with Leisure World.
At last month’s full meeting of Bridlington Town Council, Mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth said that he believed £17.4 million was the amount East Riding council had earmarked for development.
The future of the leisure complex was set to be debated at that meeting after being put on the agenda by town councillor David Metcalf, but due to his absence because of illness the item was moved to be discussed at November’s meeting.
It is believed that staff have been told the venue will close in September 2013 – possibly for up to 18 months – for the work to begin.
Leisure World was opened with a fanfare by HRH The Duchess of Kent on April 3 1987, revamping the Three B’s theatre and replacing the town’s old sea front swimming pool building.
In November 2001, a £110,000 refurbishment was carried out at the facility which saw the pool closed for two months while improvements to the changing rooms were made.
An £8.5m facelift for the centre was proposed by the council in 2005, which could have seen the facility rebuilt on it’s present site, or tied in with a proposed marina.
In July this year the wave pool at the facility was closed, after emergency repairs were needed on a cracked pipe. The pool was drained and contractors working on behalf of the council carried out the repairs, before the pool re-opened on August 24.
And in May a Bridlington dad said he was left disgusted after discovering a broken urinal and leaking roof at the complex, which saw head of culture and information at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Darren Stevens, say “a deep cleaning session has been planned to resolve cleaning related matters and the site manager has taken personal responsibility to ensure that cleaning regimes are followed”.