Community group eyes up Lightwaves takeover

Mohammed Ayub, of Next Generation Youth and Community Project
Mohammed Ayub, of Next Generation Youth and Community Project

A COMMUNITY group is preparing a takeover bid that would rescue Lightwaves from closure.

The leisure centre is to close next July when Wakefield Council opens a new £10m swimming pool on Sun Lane.

It would leave many sports and fitness groups needing to find a new venue.

But Next Generation Youth and Community Project, which runs many activities at Lightwaves, is preparing an asset transfer bid which would put them in control of the leisure centre.

Director Mohammed Ayub said: “Users want to keep the facility open as they will not be able to use Sun Lane.

“Lightwaves has great potential to give people of all backgrounds and ages accessible and affordable opportunities to meet and to be active.

“It is in an accessible place for the whole of the district, especially for young people.”

The White Rose Boxing Club, Tomiki Aikido Club, Polonia Volleyball Club, and Wakey Wheeled Cats all said they wanted the facility to stay open at a meeting this week.

Mr Ayub said Wakefield College was also interested in using Lightwaves and becoming a key partner in the running, maintenance and development of the facility.

The bid will be submitted by the end of the month and a decision will be made by the council’s cabinet.

Users are invited to show their support at a meeting at Lightwaves on Wednesday from 7pm.

Any groups wanting to continue or start using Lightwaves could contact Next Generation on 01924 302320.