Hundreds of people went along to see plans for the £20m redevelopment of Bridlington’s Leisure World – and those wanting to comment have until tomorrow to do so.
The plans went on public display at the centre, on Promenade, on Monday and Tuesday as well as being presented at well attended Bridlington Business Forum and Town Team meetings in the town last week.
Last week, East Riding council announced the plans to rebuild the centre on the current site including a 25m six-lane swimming pool, a 13x7m learner pool with moveable floor, a leisure pool with two water slides, swimming spectator seating for 150, a climbing wall, improved gym facilities, a café open to non-centre users and a 120 space car park.
Now before a formal planning application is made, further representations from members of the public can be made until midnight on Friday June 14 at www.bridlingtonleisureworld.co.uk.
Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said that “an economically buoyant Bridlington is vital” and said: “I would urge our residents to get involved in the consultation and provide us with constructive feedback for the plans to redevelop Leisure World, which will provide short and long term benefits for Bridlington.”
At the exhibition, Dave Banks, 74, of Pinfold Grove, who uses the gym two or three times a week, said: “I think the plans look brilliant. The new facilities look fantastic, I am looking forward to using the gym and the climbing wall.
“I swim regularly and one of the real benefits will be having a wider swimming pool, so that lane swimmers and casual swimmers will have more room.
“It will also make a big difference to the look of the local area, people now think it’s shut when they come from the seafront side.”
Mum-of-three Stephanie Roberts, who was visiting family in Bridlington from Ashford, Kent, said: “I am very impressed. My children (aged 14, 12 and 10) use the pool regularly when they visit and it is obviously coming to the end of its useful life.
“The children are already excited about coming back and using it when it is done. I am looking forward to seeing the cafe and open walkway completed, as I think it will be a big boost in attracting visitors.”
Dr Christopher Shilladay, 68, regularly uses the gym at Leisure World. He said: “If the plans come off, and the money is in place, then it will be wonderful. I was in Banff in Canada in March and I went to use local sport facilities, and I said if the council wanted to see an example of an excellent facility they should look there. Well, these designs are certainly on a par.”
Ben Comerford, 60, said: “Where else in the world would you be able to use a gym and look out on views like you will be able to here?
“I use the gym and I am looking forward to seeing it up and running. I hope it will attract visitors, there could be a real word-of mouth buzz when people have used it.”
Around 265 people visited the exhibition on Monday, with close to 200 on Tuesday, and council architects on site said “the majority of feedback had been very positive”.
At last Wednesday’s Town Team meeting, 60 people came along to discuss the plans and ask questions – only limited by a busy agenda.
Questions asked included whether bus services to the new facility would be reviewed, if the swimming and children’s areas would be visible from outside, and what will happen to the Gypsey Road sports centre – with members commenting that the site offers the only outdoor formal playing fields in Bridlington, so changing facilities would need to continue to be provided there in the long term.