Pool not part of Sports Village deal as final tenders invited

Weaponness Valley Road car and coach park, as seen from Olivers Mount.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112067h
Weaponness Valley Road car and coach park, as seen from Olivers Mount. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112067h

Scarborough’s indoor swimming pool is no longer part of the land swap deal that forms the basis of a proposed new sports village in the town.

Scarborough Council had offered developers a land package which included the pool site as well as the former McCain Stadium in Seamer Road, and the Filey Road Sports and Tennis Centre, in exchange for the building of a new leisure village on the former Weaponness coach park.

However the authority has now revealed the pool site in Ryndle Crescent is no longer part of the deal.

It says plans for an eight-lane swimming pool on the Weaponness site are at “an advanced stage” but are now being pursued through a separate project and tender process. And hopes for a running track will not be met by the proposals currently.

The news comes as the council invites final tenders for the sports village development, which includes a new football ground, from three bidders.

The bidders had earlier put forward detailed plans to develop the sports village, featuring a full range of facilities desired by the council including the swimming pool.

However the council decided not to accept the initial proposals, and asked the bidders to refine their plans, which have now been considered by council officers and Cabinet as “acceptable in principle”.

Scarborough Council leader Tom Fox said: “Cabinet met last month and is happy with the progress that has been made so far, and, contrary to some reports on social media, it is still our intention to have the facilities that would allow senior football to return to the town for the 2014/15 season, along with sporting facilities for the whole borough. That has been the publicly stated aim from the very start of the project.

“We are taking forward plans for the new eight-lane pool concurrently with the tender for the leisure facility and residents can be assured that work has already been done.”

The council is also pursuing a number of grant applications with a variety of sports organisations to help fund the new leisure village, including Sport England, the Football Foundation, and the England Squash and Racketball Association.