Leisure improvements in Bedale

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Plans to improve sport and leisure provision in Bedale could include a new 3G football pitch.

Members of Hambleton District Council’s Cabinet were told today (August 10) that there is interest in developing a full-sized artificial pitch at the High School site, similar to that already provided in Easingwold or planned for in Stokesley, Thirsk and Northallerton.

They agreed to recommend to Full Council that £250,000 be set aside for the project with £10,000 of it allocated to a feasibility study.    The remaining cash would be drawn down pending the outcome of the study and once the rest of the finance has been found – expected to be around another £500,000, including a grant from the Football Foundation.

The pitch would be in addition to a £314,000 scheme of improvements which will be undertaken at the council’s leisure centre in the town this year.   Members allocated this cash last year and were told the project will include complete refurbishment of the health and fitness areas with all gym and studio equipment replaced.     Around 30 stations will be installed in the fitness suite, 20 new cycling bikes purchased, a new sauna cabin and area created, together with improvements to accessible changing.

“This work will bring Bedale up to date and on a par with our other centres in Thirsk, Northallerton and Stokesley,” said Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Councillor Paula Thompson.

“We will have four centres providing excellent facilities for our residents across the district.   If we get the go ahead for the artificial pitch in Bedale we can continue to deliver our plan of having one in each market town.   And on top of that there will be investment at each centre as part of the government’s public sector decarbonisation scheme – all showing our ongoing commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

Published: 10th August 2021

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