PREPARATIONS for building a multi million sports village in Scarborough start today as initial ground work gets under way.
Specialist contractors will be on the proposed site for the development at Weaponness Valley Coach park from Monday to carry out ground investigations.
The work is expected to last two weeks.
Results from the investigations will then be shared with the three companies which have been shortlisted by Scarborough Council to submit details plans for the sports village.
Development officers at the authority say it is common practice for work of this kind to be carried out ahead of a major development so ground conditions, such as geology and ground-bearing pressures, can be determined before building begins.
Scarborough Council’s projects manager Chris Bourne, said: “Residents can expect to see some small drilling rigs and JCB diggers on site while the work is being carried out.
“The contractors will be taking borehole samples and drilling trial pits to determine the ground conditions and that will assist in any future foundation design.
“Any damage to the asphalt surfacing of the car park area will be made good before they leave.
“We are not expecting any great disruption to be caused as a result of this work, but we would like to apologise in advance if it leads to any inconvenience.”
The sports village will include a 2,000 capacity football stadium, an eight-lane swimming pool and a brand new sports centre with facilities for ball games and racquet sports. It is anticipated it will be open in time for the start of the 2014/15 football season.
A decision on the preferred developer is likely to be taken in the autumn, once the three finalists have submitted detailed proposals for the Weaponness site.
Parcels of land at the existing sports centre in Filey Road and at the former McCain Stadium in Seamer Road will be given to the chosen developer as part of the agreement to build the sports village.