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A key ambition of the Trust is to enhance community sports facilities in Tadcaster

BACKGROUND

When the long-term lease for the Queens Gardens site was signed in 2016, the initial aim was to improve what had become dilapidated sports facilities on the site and too a large extent this has been achieved through refurbishment of the existing sports pavilion with terrific support from the Football Foundation. However, at the outset a vision was also formed that acquisition of land to the south of Queens Gardens could enable creation of a Sports Park which would provide much needed and sustainable facilities for the town and surrounding area.

During the past four years extremely positive discussions have been held with Selby District Council, sporting National Governing Bodies and owners of the additional land, all of which suggesting the vision could actually become a reality.

CURRENT POSITION

  • Baseline Masterplan for the scheme produced which at present makes provision for:
    • Permanent changing facilities and artificial playing surfaces
    • Health and Wellbeing fully supporting the NHS “Get Active” initiative and Sport England’s “Uniting the Movement” through walking, running and cycling facilities along with a trim trail and fitness stations.
    • Community picnic/park space plus a suitably designed children’s play area.
    • Nature and ecology
  • It needs to be considered that although immense support has been received from key stakeholders, the final scope and timing of any scheme will be largely dictated by funding availability.

It is the intention to display the Baseline Masterplan in the Queens Gardens Clubhouse as soon as COVID restrictions allow.

PREFERRED OPTIONS LOCAL PLAN

Can we thank everyone who submitted support for the proposed Sport and Leisure Park land allocation shown as TADC-M within the Local Plan.

We will keep you updated as and when further information is published by the Council.

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