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Proposed leisure centre plans

expected to get green light

    By Andrea Kirk  

HORNSEA Leisure Centre plans which sparked public controversy are due to go before the East Riding Planning committee on Monday, June 11.

The plans, which are recommended for approval, will see the Hornsea Leisure centre on Broadway expanded to also house the library, customer service and social services centre creating a multiservice centre.

A consultation with the public took place in January and there has been strong feeling from residents both for and against the plans on social media.

Hornsea Town Council voted to not support the development resulting in the resignation of Cllr Lee Walton earlier in the year after he strongly disagreed with his fellow councillors’ decision.

Hornsea Town Council’s objection to the proposed scheme was based around the closure of more facilities within the town with the library and customer service centre moving into the leisure centre. There was concern over access for the elderly and infirm.

Hornsea Civic Society supported the plans although it added: “We do not think the plans are perfect by any means”. The group would have liked to have seen the café on the first floor to enable a sea view and also expressed concerns regarding wave over-topping and an increased flood risk with the buildings in front of the leisure centre planned to be removed.

The plans have received a substantial 76 letters in support with only seven letters of objection. The new combined service centre on the site of the current leisure centre would see the leisure centre close for around a year to allow the works to take place. The circular building planned for the South Promenade would also be rehoused into the new centre providing a café and education rooms under one roof.

The committee report concludes the plans should be recommended for approval. It states the site is a short walk from the town with a bus stop nearby and that the enhanced facilities will help regenerate this part of the town and provide enhanced services for visitors and residents.

In his report to the committee, the director of planning Alan Menzies said: “The proposed extension to the building will provide improvements to a local community sports and leisure facility and will also expand its range of services to include the library and customer service centre. The relocation of the library and customer service centre from the town centre is acceptable and will provide all local services under one roof.”

East Riding planning committee councillors will meet on Monday afternoon at County Hall and vote on the plans. If they get the green light work is expected to start in the autumn with the new multiservice centre expected to be complete by the autumn/winter of next year. The current customer service and library in Hornsea would remain open until then.

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