Ambitious plans unveiled for new sport facilities in Middlesbrough (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Ambitious plans unveiled for new sport facilities in Middlesbrough
PLANS for an ambitious £18m sports and leisure complex have been unveiled to replace Middlesbrough's ageing facilities.
The Middlesbrough Sports Village will include an athletics track, gym, football pitches as well as indoor and outdoor tennis facilities off Marton Road, which is already home to the Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit and Prissick Skate Plaza.
The development will also open up a second link road to The James Cook University Hospital, and see the creation of hundreds of extra parking spaces at the hospital site.
Developers Willmott Dixon have been appointed to construct the scheme, with work due to start in the new year, subject to Executive and planning approvals to be discussed on Tuesday.
Earlier this year the council announced it was closing down the ageing Clairville Stadium site, with the land sold for housing and other commercial uses and the initial £18m investment in the new sports village forming part of the council’s capital programme.
Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon said: “Middlesbrough’s sporting facilities are an important part of the fabric of the town, and they mean a great deal to people.
“The town is facing unprecedented cuts which will have a severe impact on the services we are able to deliver for many years to come. But within that process we have the opportunity to dispose of some of our ageing facilities, and replace them with a new state of the art sports village.
“The ambition is to create a new iconic, regional sports destination which will attract people from across the town and further afield for generations to come.”
The overall plan also includes the development of around 360 homes on the former Prissick depot, Tennis World, Ashdale PRU and Brackenhoe East School sites.
Planning consultation for the sports village will start later this month, with work on site scheduled to start in the spring.
Jill Moulton, director of service strategy and infrastructure at South Tees NHS Trust, welcomed the plans saying: “Car parking, at times, can be a real issue on the James Cook site, particularly at peak times. We now have a set of plans which we hope to take forward to address some of these issues.”
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