Work to create extra parking spaces at Beverley Leisure Complex has been completed, providing additional capacity for one of the most visited leisure facilities in the East Riding.
Four new cycle shelters and external seating and benches have also been installed, allowing space for 10 bikes in each shelter, totalling about 40 bike spaces from the previous 26.
An illuminated footpath leading from the car park to the main reception entrance has also been added.
Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We have been able to provide almost 50 new parking spaces to the car park at Beverley Leisure Complex in order to reduce congestion and to make our visitors’ lives a little bit easier.
“As one of the most popular leisure centres in the East Riding, we have lots to offer including two swimming pools, a gym, muscle-toning activities such as Aqua Fit and Yoga, and sport activities such as badminton, indoor cycling and football.
“Over 60 classes are run every week at the venue and the additional car parking space will allow more people to take advantage of the activities we have available to members of the public all year round.”
Darren Stevens, head of culture and information at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We asked the leisure complex users what they thought of the facility and if there was anything they thought we could improve on and this was the answer.
“We listened to what they had to say and we expanded the car parking facilities to allow for more space during busy periods.”
John Taylor, senior facility manager at Beverley Leisure Complex, said: “The construction of additional parking spaces at Beverley Leisure Complex is really welcome news and highlights just how popular this facility is with our residents.
“Due to the nature of the works some disruption was unavoidable but the council and the contractor worked hand in hand to ensure this was kept to a minimum.
“I would like to thank members and centre users for their patience and understanding during this period.”
Lynda Clifford, centre user and cyclist, said: “After using the new bike shelters they are much improved as the bikes are more protected from the rain and your seat doesn’t get wet.
“They are more spacious and I am pleased that more have been put in. I am also really pleased to see the new seating area. I do hope we have parasols in the summer.”
Rachael Jackson, mother of a soft play user, said: “The centre will really benefit from the new car park as it will make finding a space easier so that we are not late for our activities.”
An application has been submitted to revise the existing car parking order to include the new car park and double yellow lined areas.
Four new car parking meters will also be installed in the New Year and until the parking order has been sanctioned, the new car park will serve the purpose of an overflow parking area at peak period times and at weekends.
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