Water park will not replace indoor pool

Scarborough Indoor Swimming Pool. 093734a.
Scarborough Indoor Swimming Pool. 093734a.

Scarborough’s new multi-million pound water park will not include a replacement indoor swimming pool, the developer has revealed.

Roland Duce, the man behind the regeneration of the North Bay, said combining the two facilities could “seriously compromise” the £14 million attraction.

However, he has pledged to help Scarborough Council develop a pool on an alternative site.

He said: “I have strong feelings about this. It’s very important to differentiate between the amazing family experience we are creating and the facilities that are delivered by a modern state-of-the-art swimming pool. They are completely different. The only similarity is there is water in them.

“According to advice we have received, if we try and do both we could seriously compromise both projects.

“My understanding is the council has some very exciting plans for the development of a proper swimming pool. I’m prepared to help with that on a different site. I’d be delighted.”

The existing six-lane indoor pool at Ryndle Crescent has had no major investment since it opened in 1973, apart from general repairs and the adoption of energy conservation schemes.

In a recent report, the council’s head of tourism, Brian Bennett, revealed there had been a 4.5 per cent drop in visitors over the last year and admitted equipment was “approaching the end of its lifespan”.

Plans for an eight-lane 25m swimming pool are included in the proposed sports village development on the former Weaponess coach and car park, which could be up and running by 2014.

Three potential developers are expected to submit detailed plans for the leisure facility, which will also feature a 2,000-capacity football ground, in the next few weeks.

A council spokesman said: “An eight-lane county standard swimming pool is included in proposals for a new sport and leisure facility in Scarborough. We have been in discussions with representatives from both swimming clubs in the town, as well as the Amateur Swimming Association.”

The water park, which will form part of a £150 million leisure complex, is expected to open in June 2014.