Council leader provides update on sports village

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A decision on the way forward for Scarborough’s proposed new sports village is expected in September, it has been revealed.

Scarborough Council has approached various sporting bodies, including Sport England, for funding to help finance the project at Weaponness Valley Road, which could include a 25m, eight lane Olympic Legacy swimming pool as well as a new 2,000-seater football stadium.

Council leader Tom Fox told a full council meeting earlier this week: “Work on the development of the leisure village is now progressing and has reached the end of the detailed stage.”

He added the various preliminary tests on the site had been carried out - including ground investigations - and a number of detailed submissions had been received with a decision on the preferred option expected by the end of September.

Three bids have been submitted for the sites over which the plans are spread: Weaponness Valley, Filey Road Sports Centre and the former football stadium in Seamer Road.

Parcels of land at the existing sports centre in Filey Road and at the McCain Stadium will be given to the chosen developer as part of the agreement.

The detailed bids will be judged on a number of factors such as cost and viability.