There are exciting times ahead as Harrogate Borough Council make further investment in leisure facilities in the Harrogate district.

Tomorrow (19th November) the council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, will be asked to approve the decision to appoint Alliance Leisure Services as development manager for the delivery of significant investment in leisure facilities in both Harrogate and Knaresborough.

To coincide with this appointment, the council’s cabinet will be asked on Wednesday 2nd December to approve the consultation on the preferred location of the leisure centre in Knaresborough.

Carter Jonas were tasked with looking at the most suitable options for a potential site based on location, physical appearance and access as well as any planning or legal factors that may influence the decision.

Based on the site options appraisal work carried out, the existing site has been recommended for the location of the leisure centre.

If approved, residents will be asked to share their views on whether they agree with the decision to use the existing site in Knaresborough.

Councillor Lumley added:

“This announcement comes off the back of work at Ripon Leisure Centre taking shape as this month marks less than a year to go until the improved facility opens.

“In the coming years, we will have provided much needed modern facilities that will encourage a healthier and more active lifestyle for our residents and something they can be proud of.”

The council are investing more than £10million to improve Ripon Leisure Centre and provide a new six-lane 25 metre pool, an extended gym as well as a new sauna suite, two activity studios, a spin studio and meeting facilities.

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