Bridlington Sports Centre will stay open, after councillors today agreed to transfer the building and its neighbouring sports pitches to Bridlington Club for Young People.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has agreed to hand over the running of the facility, subject to legal agreements, after being impressed with the club’s passion and enthusiasm.
As revealed in today’s Free Press, the Gypsey Road site would have become surplus to the council’s operational requirements in summer 2016, once work on the new multi-million-pound Leisure World facility on the seafront was complete.
The council was, however, keen to keep the pitches open and available to the public and entered into discussions with Bridlington Club for Young People about the potential for the asset to be transferred.
Those discussions have been successful and the council has now authorised for terms and conditions to be negotiated and agreed on a long-term lease.
Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The completion of the new £25m East Riding Leisure Bridlington would have seen Bridlington Sports Centre close.
“However, an opportunity presented itself to transfer the centre and pitches over to the community and the council is delighted to have agreed this.
“Today’s announcement is positive news for the town and is testament to the hard work of this council and Bridlington Club for Young People.
“The discussions over the transfer of the sports centre have been extremely positive and it has been a real pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic group of people. We wish them every success for the future.”
Andy Potts, chairman of Bridlington Club for Young People, said: “The club and the East Riding still has a little way to go with regards agreeing the terms and conditions, but if we can do this then I believe it will be a great opportunity for both the club and the town.
“The club is passionate about sport and the sports hall would provide a catalyst to be able to increase the participation of sport within the local area.
“The club is looking forward to working with local football clubs and organisations in order to improve the facilities available to them.
“The sports hall will also provide the club with much-needed extra space for the rapidly increasing boxing numbers and also free up space at the club’s current site for other activities.”
Subject to terms and conditions successfully being agreed, the transfer of Bridlington Sports Centre will take place in summer 2016.