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Time Capsule Buried to Commemorate Start of Scarborough Leisure Village


Construction of the much anticipated Scarborough Leisure Village got underway earlier this month, and an official ceremony to formally commemorate the start of works on site was held on Thursday 28 January.


The Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough buried a time capsule containing items that tell the story of the project and important information about organisations that will be the eventual users of the Leisure Village once it is completed. The aim of the time capsule is to reflect how the project and organisations are in 2016. The time capsule will have a burial life of fifty years with instructions left for the next generation to bring the time capsule to the surface in 2066 to reveal the history of the development.

Scarborough Leisure Village, which will be home to an eight lane 25-metre Olympic Legacy swimming pool and learner pool, a four-court sports hall, squash courts, a 60-station fitness suite, an aerobics studio and a new ground for Evo-Stick First Division North team, Scarborough Athletic Football Club, was given the final green light just before Christmas.

All of the conditions relating to the development agreement for the leisure village were discharged and contracts were signed with construction company, Willmott Dixon, to allow the build to commence. Enabling works and demolition have already been completed and earthworks are in progress. It is anticipated that the construction will be completed in summer 2017.

The Leisure Village is being developed by Wrenbridge Sport on land at the town’s former Weaponness coach park. Elsewhere on the site, Wrenbridge is also developing two state of the art educational campuses for Coventry University Scarborough Campus and Scarborough University Technical College.

In a joint statement, Cllr Tom Fox, the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough and Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:

"Good things come to those who wait and what better way to kick off 2016 than to celebrate the start of this eagerly anticipated development.

"There have been those who said this project would never happen, but we and our partners have never lost sight of our ultimate goal, which is to create a first class leisure facility for local people and a new football ground for Scarborough Athletic Football Club and other sports and community clubs and groups.

"We are looking forward to seeing the construction progress and eagerly await next year’s opening, which, without a doubt, will be a much celebrated milestone in the history of sport and leisure in our borough."

Richard Arnold, Director of Wrenbridge Sport, added:

“As development partners to the council, Wrenbridge is delighted that works on the new leisure village have now started on site. This marks a significant milestone in delivering this major regeneration project and we are looking forward to providing new community sports facilities for Scarborough as well as making a home for the football club back in the town a reality.”

Dave Holland, Chairman of Scarborough Athletic Football Club said:

"I am one of a whole generation of supporters who witnessed the demise of the Scarborough Athletic Football Club ground in 2007 and who have, ever since, held onto the dream of returning back to the town from exile in Bridlington.

“We are all very excited as we look forward to seeing a Scarborough club playing in Scarborough and being able to welcome a whole new generation to the pleasures of participating in community football or simply watching from the terraces.

“It’s a personal dream coming true and I am just trying to work out the number of sleeps until we walk out at Weaponness.”

Sport England is investing more than £30 million in National Lottery funding into innovative, large-scale, multi-sport facility projects such as Scarborough Leisure Village,which it has awarded £2.2m. Sport England has also provided the Olympic Legacy swimming pool for the development. Projects, such as Scarborough Leisure Village, are being delivered against a backdrop of local authority and national governing body priorities. The facilities supported through the fund carry the London 2012 Inspire Mark, a permanent celebration of their role in the legacy of the Olympic Games.

Charles Johnston, Sport England Director of Property said:

“We are delighted to invest over £2.2 million of National Lottery funding in the Scarborough Leisure Village. Offering state-of-the-art sporting facilities, as well as becoming the new home of Scarborough Athletic FC, I am confident that upon its completion, the leisure village will become a real focal point for the town and no doubt inspire more locals to become active.”

On opening, the Leisure Village will be operated by Everyone Active, which is already working in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council to manage its current sports facilities in Scarborough and Whitby. The Leisure Village will replace the current sports centre on Filey Road and indoor pool on Ryndle Crescent.

Kevan Murray, Scarborough and Ryedale Area Contract Manager for Everyone Active

“We’re very excited for the start of developments on the new Leisure Village. The centre will allow for us to offer a wide range of brand new activities and will undoubtedly play a huge part in improving the health and wellbeing of people in Scarborough.

“We look forward to working with the council on this fantastic new project and seeing building works take shape.”
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