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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A moment in time buried as town's big leisure project gets under way

Buried in time: the capsule marking
the start of work on the leisure village.
Photo by Richard Wood Photography.
Mayor of Scarborough councillor Tom Fox buried a time capsule to mark the start of construction of the much anticipated Scarborough Leisure Village.

The capsule with a burial life of fifty years, contained items that tell the story of the project and important information about organisations that will be the eventual users of the facilities.

The leisure village will be home to an eight lane 25-metre Olympic legacy swimming pool and learner pool, a four-court sports hall, squash courts, a 60-station fitness suite, an aerobics studio and a new ground for Evo-Stick First Division North team, Scarborough Athletic Football Club.

The project received the go ahead before Christmas with construction company Willmott Dixon carrying out the work for Wrenbridge Sport on land at the town’s former Weaponness coach park. Wrenbridge is also developing two state-of-the-art educational campuses for Coventry University Scarborough Campus and Scarborough University Technical College.

In a joint statement, councillor Fox and borough council leader councillor Derek Bastiman, said: “Good things come to those who wait and what better way to kick off 2016 than to celebrate the start of this eagerly anticipated development.

"There have been those who said this project would never happen, but we and our partners have never lost sight of our ultimate goal, which is to create a first class leisure facility for local people and a new football ground for Scarborough Athletic Football Club and other sports and community clubs and groups.

"We are looking forward to seeing the construction progress and eagerly await next year’s opening, which, without a doubt, will be a much celebrated milestone in the history of sport and leisure in our borough.”

Wrenbridge Sport director Richard Arnold said the development marked a significant milestone in the major regeneration project. The scheme has attracted more than £2m of national lottery funding.

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