New pool will open early in New Year

Steve Hewick, from Hobson and Porter, Paul Nicholson, chairman of Bridlington Swimming Club, Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, and Adam Mainprize, Bridlington Sports Centre manager.

Steve Hewick, from Hobson and Porter, Paul Nicholson, chairman of Bridlington Swimming Club, Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, and Adam Mainprize, Bridlington Sports Centre manager.

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Bridlington’s new temporary swimming pool is due to open within weeks as the town prepares to say farewell to the Leisure World facility.

The Olympic legacy pool, which is being constructed at Bridlington Sports Centre in Gypsey Road, is due to open in early January.

Swimming is planned to stop at Leisure World on January 12, ahead of a £20million redevelopment of the town centre venue.

For two years, swimming lessons and galas will be held at the temporary pool, which has been brought to Bridlington as part of a deal negotiated between East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Sport England and Total Swimming

Paul Nicholson, chairman of Bridlington Amateur Swimming Club, said: “Bridlington ASC is reassured by the support and consultation that we have received from the Leisure World team.

“The transition period may be difficult, but we will exploit the better facilities to attract more visiting swimmers and more and better opportunities for our own swimmers.

“Our council should be congratulated for its positive attitude towards sporting facilities, and the benefits they bring.”

The new Leisure World should be open by autumn 2015 and aims to increase the number of local people participating in sporting activities.

It will feature a 25m, six-lane swimming pool and a 13m x 7m learner pool, as well as seating for 150 spectators.

Away from the water, there will also be a 70-station fitness suite, two squash courts and a six-court sports hall.

Leisure World’s existing gym equipment has already been transferred to Bridlington Sports Centre and is up and running, while the overhaul takes place.

Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The coming weeks will see mixed emotions for Leisure World.

“It is the end of an era in some respects with the closure of the old building but the start of an exciting journey as we begin construction of the new venue in the New Year.

“When complete, the new facility will not only provide Bridlington’s residents with a facility that will be at the forefront of leisure venues in the country but it will also provide a timely boost to the local economy and safeguard jobs in the construction industry.”