Quibell Park Development Plans

Multi-million pound improvement scheme for Quibell Park?

Quibell Park Development Plans
Multi-million pound improvement scheme for Quibell Park?

This week saw Cllr Christine O'Sullivan, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts and Culture has announced council plans that could see one of North Lincolnshire's most popular leisure venues transformed and additional modern sports facilities built.

Taking an urgent decision, Cllr O'Sullivan has today approved the commissioning of a feasibility and masterplanning study to be carried out looking at the options to improve the quality of local sports facilities. The study will look at the potential benefits of developing new partnership arrangements with John Leggott College , Melior Community College and Yorkshire Forward to provide specialist sports facilities at West Common Lane.

Potentially, a multi-million pound improvement scheme could be on the cards that could see Quibell Park in Scunthorpe brought up to Olympic standard. John Leggott College has only recently been given the go-ahead for a massive redevelopment of its site. There's an opportunity to work in partnership with the colleges and Yorkshire Forward so that many of the facilities currently available at Quibell Park - with the exception of the velodrome - could be provided at the John Leggott College/Melior Community College/West Common Lane playing fields site. The building work could include new additional modern sports facilities for community and academic use. And at Quibell Park the site could be transformed by developing other dedicated cycling facilities. It could become a centre of excellence for cycling .

Cllr Christine O'Sullivan, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts and Culture said:

"This is an excellent opportunity to once again put North Lincolnshire on the map. Some of the facilities at Quibell Park are in poor condition and local residents deserve better.

"The council has been listening to residents' concerns about the state of Quibell Park and I am delighted to announce today our plans to revitalise the area.

"We have been in discussion with senior managers at John Leggott College about their rebuilding plans and the opportunity exists to work in partnership with them, Melior Community College, Yorkshire Forward and other partners.

"We are committed to providing the best possible leisure services for local people. The new Baysgarth Leisure Centre in Barton and the Sports Academy are on track and work is also progressing well on the site of the former Baths Hall. It is a very exciting time for leisure provision in North Lincolnshire."

Nic Dakin, Principal of John Leggott College said:

"This is a very positive proposal that the college fully supports. By working together there may be possibility to provide the very best facilities for the wider community and college students. The proposals complement the college's recently agreed proposals to build a new college on the current site."

The feasibility study will cost around £35,000 and Yorkshire Forward will be contributing toward this cost.

The facilities at Quibell Park include: An eight-lane running track, a velodrome, grass football pitches, a synthetic turf pitch, changing rooms, spectator grandstand and staff accommodation.

For further information please contact: Stacey Dickens on 01724 296364. Email stacey.dickens@northlincs.gov.uk

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