Share your views on new leisure and wellness centre coming to Knaresborough

Harrogate district residents are being urged to share their views on the proposals for the new leisure and wellness centre coming to Knaresborough.

The new facility – that will replace the existing ageing pool – will provide a six-lane 25metre pool, learner pool with flume, sauna and steam room, fitness suite and studio, spin studio, café as well as electric car charging points, bicycle storage and large play area.

The new leisure and wellness centre comes following approval from Harrogate Borough Council to develop plans to provide new leisure facilities in both Knaresborough and at the Hydro in Harrogate.

A consultation at the end of last year concluded that the existing location was the preferred site for the new facility.

Since this time, Alliance Leisure Services – the borough council’s development partner for the new leisure facilities in both Harrogate and Knaresborough – has been busy developing proposals.

These proposals are designed to meet the varying needs of the community by providing modern, fit-for-purpose leisure and wellness facilities for generations to come.

Now is the time for residents to share their views of the design proposals ahead of a planning application being submitted later in the autumn. Once the application has been submitted there will also be an opportunity for interested parties to comment as part of the planning application process.

Councillor Stanley Lumley, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, and chair of the board of directors at Brimhams Active, said: “We have ambitious plans to reduce the proportion of the population that are physically inactive but we can’t do this without investing in our facilities.

“This multi-million pound investment for Knaresborough will create a 21st century facility that provides fantastic opportunities for local people to move more, live well and feel great.

“Along with our new facility in Ripon and the redevelopment of the Hydro in Harrogate, as well as the districts other great leisure centres and pools, I hope people feel motivated, supported and inspired to stay active.”

Mark Tweedie, managing director of Brimhams Active, said: “Through the provision of fantastic modern leisure and wellness facilities and engaging, inclusive services we will be able to help many more people become active, lead healthier lifestyles and therefore live longer, more independent and happier lives.”

“This is a really exciting time for leisure, health and wellbeing in the Harrogate district which is thanks to the bold and brave vision of Harrogate Borough Council and their commitment to unprecedented levels of investment.”

A public engagement session will also be held next Wednesday (6 October) between 5pm and 8pm at Knaresborough Swimming Pool where residents can ask questions about the proposals.