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Leisure Centre improvements

Published on Tuesday, 8th October 2019

Stokesley Leisure Centre external view of building

The first stage of a £704,000 improvement programme for sport in Stokesley has moved a step closer.

Members of Hambleton District Council’s Cabinet have recommended to their full council colleagues that a total of £170,000 is allocated to improve the gym and cycling studio.

This will allow the entire stock of gym equipment and indoor cycling bikes to be replaced.

Work on the activity room, reception and shower areas will also get underway – along with the installation of underwater safety cameras in the pools.   This will support the lifesaving provision at the centre allowing for ‘blended’ lifeguarding where patrols and cameras are used side by side to improve swimmer safety, a practice now adopted across the UK.

“Digital systems like this are used across the UK helping lifeguards when pools are busy or visibility from the poolside is obstructed”, said Cabinet member for leisure, Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortune.

“All the improvements at Stokesley will enhance the leisure offer in the town and continue to improve the health of our community.”

She said work was on going with key partners such as the School, North Riding County FA and Stokesley Sports Club to secure external funding for a 3g sports pitch and sports hall for the town - £410,000 is already in place from Council contributions but funds from other sources are currently being sought.