Published: Monday, 10th September 2018

Next week (Monday 3 September), a contractor working on behalf of Harrogate Borough Council will begin further ground investigation works in the car park at Ripon Leisure Centre on Dallamires Road.

The borough council is proposing to improve Ripon Leisure Centre and provide a new swimming pool and associated facilities for the local community to enjoy for many years to come. However, before this can take place further ground investigation works need to be carried out.

The work is scheduled to take approximately three weeks and once complete will form part of the planning application that is due to be considered by the Planning Committee in January 2019. If approved, works will start later in 2019.

Works will take place between 8.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and will involve drilling five boreholes in an area of the existing car park to assess the detail of conditions below the proposed site.

Councillor Stanley Lumley, Harrogate Borough Council's cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, said: "To a geologist, Ripon is a fascinating area as the ground is made up of a variety of different conditions spanning tens of thousands of years. But to a local authority, planning to improve facilities in the area, we need to know what we are dealing with so that we can plan accordingly"

"On behalf of the council, I'd like to apologise in advance should the works cause any inconvenience but can assure local residents that we will be working hard to complete them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

"The addition of the new swimming pool and the improvements to the leisure centre will be a major development for the area and provide much needed additional facilities that local residents can be proud of."

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