Proposals for sports complex are revealed

children taking part in the Three Area Project Olympic event at Thornes Park Athletic Stadium 'Pictured: Andrew Jeanes 1st in 400m
children taking part in the Three Area Project Olympic event at Thornes Park Athletic Stadium 'Pictured: Andrew Jeanes 1st in 400m

A large multi-sports complex with spectator seating and a cycling velodrome are among several proposals for addressing a lack of sports facilities in the district.

Wakefield Council’s local access forum will discuss its Leisure, Recreation and Open Space Local Plan, which was drafted to complement the Local Development Framework (LDF), next week.

The plan identifies a list of ‘gaps’ in the district’s sport and leisure facilities which need to be addressed.

A large multi-purpose facility capable of hosting high-profile competitions, and more indoor facilities allowing people to play sport all year round, have been suggested.

And plans to resurface Thornes Park’s athletics track and build a new clubhouse and spectator stand there have also been revealed.

The forum will discuss what is needed and where it should be built at a public meeting at the Waterton Discovery Centre, on Wednesday.

A report that will go before the meeting said the plan would be adopted in 2016.

It added: “While there is already a substantial infrastructure of sports facilities, there are gaps that need to be addressed. Generally, new facilities will be located within Wakefield city centre, town centres and special policy areas taking advantage of existing services and high levels of accessibility.”

Wednesday’s meeting starts at 7pm.