[email protected]: New £21m Pontefract leisure centre could still open before summer, Wakefield Council hopes
A new £21m leisure complex could still open this spring, Wakefield Council hopes.
[email protected], as the new centre in Pontefract Park will be known, will be the largest facility of its kind in the Wakefield district.
Despite the current lockdown, the council says [email protected] may still be open within the next couple of months, depending on how and when the government lifts the current restrictions on public life.
The Prime Minister is expected to provide details on the so-called "roadmap" out of lockdown next week.
The new complex will feature a 10-lane swimming pool, a gym, exercise studios, a climbing wall and a soft play area.
Other features will include four outdoor tennis courts, a garden, a cafe and meeting rooms.
Papers released ahead of the council's budget debate next week said that the council had overspent by around £450,000 on [email protected] because of Covid.
A successful insurance claim covered the cost of the flooding incident however.
The structure was swamped by around 1.5m litres of drain water in October 2019 after an accident while Yorkshire Water was working on underground pipes at the site.
Meanwhile financial papers also revealed that the council has lost more than £4m in income from its other leisure centres across the district because of closures over the last year.
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