Yorkshire news New leisure centre delayed by years by huge underground void PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Ripon's new pool has opened but the leisure centre won't be ready for at least another year
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A multi-million pound project to upgrade Ripon Leisure Centre is set to be delayed by at least another year after an announcement that ground stability works will be carried out. Harrogate Borough Council will publish a key report this month detailing the extent of the works required after an underground void was found at the leisure centre when its new swimming pool was being built in 2020. The swimming pool opened in Marc h, but the entire project is still more than a year overdue and at least £4 million over budget. And now there are set to be further delays as the council prepares to start ground stability works in autumn before building an extended gym and new exercise studios. READ MORE: Yorkshire could get a whole new village with thousands of homes and jobs In the meantime, a temporary gym has been proposed for Ripon residents while the works are carried out. The council said in a statement that the underground void is understood to have been present for “a number of years” and was only discovered when the new swimming pool’s foundations were cast. Councillor Stanley Lumley, cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport at the council, added: “By addressing these historic issues it allows us the opportunity to further invest in the facility and ensure future generations will be able to access modern sport and leisure facilities in their city for many years to come. “And by providing a temporary gym, while the ground stabilisation works take place, we can minimise the disruption to current and potential customers and ensure they can continue to maintain their health and wellbeing goals.
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. The council has continually insisted that professional advice has made it clear that the site is “safe to use”.
This is where Ripon Leisure Centre adjoins its new swimming pool.
But what remains to be seen are the crucial conclusions of an investigation by engineering firm Stantec which suggested there had been a “significant deterioration” of the ground beneath the original leisure centre which was built in 1995 and like much of Ripon sits on gypsum deposits. A report from Stantec will be made public ahead of a meeting of the council’s cabinet on 17 August when members will be asked to approve the ground stability works. If approved, the works will start in autumn and are anticipated to be completed in autumn 2023. The remainder of the refurbishment works would then continue after this. READ NEXT: Heartbroken families of Tommy Shevels, Aaron Bell, Louis Banks, pay moving tribute to boys killed in Bedale crash Fears 585,000 households could miss out on £400 energy rebate payment Get the latest Yorkshire Live news with our email newsletters 19 brilliant photos from Christina Aguilera's huge Yorkshire show Dad's anger as squatter yelling about 'yuppies' keeps kids up at night
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