Pool to open in September

THE city’s new £10m swimming pool will open in September.

Sun Lane Leisure, on Sun Lane, will include a 25m six-lane pool, a learner pool, a fitness suite, a multiuse activity studio, spectator viewing area and public café.

It will also have toilets and changing facilities for disabled people.

The pool at Lightwaves will remain open during the summer holidays.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Wakefield Council’s service director sport and culture, said: “The council has always committed to providing a high quality, new facility and this is exactly what the residents of Wakefield deserve and will get.

“The good news is that Lightwaves will remain open for the summer holidays with a full programme of activities available, so that families can still enjoy the facilities over the summer.”

Work on Sun Lane Leisure began in June last year.

But a new pool on Sun Lane has been planned since the original pool closed in 2006, when it was found to be in danger of collapsing.

It was considered a safety risk following a report which showed cracks in balcony support beams, excessive stress levels and concrete arch.

When Sun Lane Leisure opens, the pool area at Lightwaves will no longer be available for use.

But there are plans to turn the area into an extreme sports arena following a successful asset transfer bid from the Next Generation Youth and Community Project.