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  • Burnholme sports improvements on the starting blocks

    Work is starting to create a more accessible sport and leisure venue at Burnholme, to improve the health and wellbeing of local people, as part of a cohesive redevelopment of the site.

    This new sports centre is being developed around the former school sports hall and gym on the Burnholme site. This will complement the facilities at the new community stadium, Energise Leisure Centre and Yearsley swimming pool.

    Redevelopment work on the sports centre is starting this week. When complete in November 2019, it will have a new gym and fitness suites, upgraded changing for indoor and outdoor activities, and a refurbished sports hall. During the works, the multi-use games area (MUGA) and sports hall will still be available for use by local teams and activity groups.

    Next month, work will also begin to improve the drainage on the adjacent grass pitches. This work will start at the end of the football season in late April 2019 and, after being levelled and reseeded, the pitches will be ready for use again in autumn 2020. By using the existing landscape, we are also creating a deep pond and nature habitat in one corner of the field, which will provide a quiet space and a learning resource for local schools. The pond will also help to manage water which runs off the nearby land and naturally pools in that area.

    As well as improvements to the pitches and open space, the cycle track to neighbouring Derwenthorpe and the Sustrans cycle track beyond will reopen later this year with improved surfaces and lighting, which will also promote sustainable transport and a healthy lifestyle for local residents.

    Cllr Nigel Ayre, executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “I’m excited to see refurbishment work on the sports hall starting this week to create a much-improved facility. This investment in local people’s health and wellbeing will deliver more and better quality facilities to support existing clubs and, hopefully, attract new teams and groups.”

    Cllr Keith Myers, executive member for education, children and young people, said: “The site is developing as a real asset to the community. The library and community hub at Burnholme is already popular with local schools, students, as well as families and residents who will also benefit from the improved sports facilities.”