By Daniel Wood
The demolition of Spenborough’s current leisure centre has begun.
Kirklees Council deemed the 50-year-old structure no longer fit for purpose and they committed to an upgrade on the site, on Bradford Road in Liversedge.
The new leisure centre will include an 8 lane, 25-metre pool, as well as a state of the art training pool with moveable floors, a fitness suite, exercise studios, spin studio and new mixed ability changing facilities.
Council leader, Shabir Pandor, said: “This is a £15million investment and it’s a positive move to ensure people of Batley and Spenborough benefit from this.”
Some concerns were raised about pool users being displaced for 2 years while a new facility is built.
A spokesperson for Kirklees Council said: “Pool users have been informed about alternative facilities, which can be found on the Kirklees Active Leisure website.
“Regarding security measures, the contractors for the site D.Hughes Demolition have appointed its own 24-hour security, which was done before demolition started.”
The scheme, which was funded mainly by the council, also saw Kirklees Active Leisure contribute £750,000.
The council’s trees department raised concerns about 2 mature trees, which were set to be torn down for a car park. However, the council stated that a redesign was made to keep them.
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Our latest film offers a local perspective on the wider history of the National Health Service.
Set up in 1948, the newly nationalised provision of healthcare, now known as the NHS, was desperately short of staff. Unable to recruit closer to home, the British government began to recruit overseas.
This production highlights the contribution of African Caribbean people to the building of the NHS locally. It traces a longer history of compassionate care that includes Mary Seacole and other early pioneers.
It also acknowledges how knowledge of specific health-related needs including sickle cell disorder and thalassemia, diabetes and mental health has prompted healthcare initiatives and community self-help schemes.
The need for early intervention and greater partnership at the community level are identified as necessary steps as the NHS continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of Britain’s diverse communities.
Produced as part of Black History Month 2020, this video is made in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and has received funding from the Society of Social History and the Society for the Study of Labour History.
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