Councillors from Gipton and Harehills ward and Killingbeck and Seacroft ward have welcomed news that the council is making clear steps toward a new Fearnville Leisure and Wellbeing Centre. The decision comes after Councillors met staff at the centre to talk about the building’s present condition and any future plans for it.
It was confirmed that feasibility and business case works were being advanced using the same design concepts as the Holt Park Active Centre in North Leeds. Once this work has been carried out, further consultation with local residents will be carried out regarding any future stages.
The existing centre will remain open throughout this process and has had £44,000 spent on repairs in the last year to make sure it is in the best possible condition it can be.
Cllr Katie Dye (Labour, Killingbeck and Seacroft) said: “It’s great to hear the council are looking at replacing the Leisure centre and on the same site. It’s very popular and used a lot by the local community. Although the centre is being looked after very well by its staff, I think we all agree that it needs a new building. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it’s very reassuring to know that real progress is being made and that the existing centre will stay open whilst the new building is being planned and built”.
In the meantime, if there are any issues or concerns with the current leisure centre, we would urge people to speak to the staff working there to get them resolved quickly. If it’s something bigger then people can speak to the building manager or to any of Councillors in Gipton and Harehills and Killingbeck and Seacroft Wards.