Leisure update

The Barbican could reopen under private management next year. The venue, which has remained empty following a legal wrangle about planning issues, could be leased to one of 2 companies who have expressed an interest in renovating the hall and staging concerts and conferences there. Expect a decision in the autumn and a reopening in the spring.

York will get a new spectator sports stadium. It will become the home of the City’s Rugby and Football clubs and will be located on the site of the Huntington Stadium. Most of the funding for it is coming from the private sector. You can find more details on the Councils web site http://www.york.gov.uk/leisure/sports/community_stadium/

And in another boost for sports fans, the go ahead has been given for a City of York “Sports Village” on the Hull Road. It will provide the City’s first and largest ever 8 lane competition standard swimming pool together with fitness facilities, 3G outdoor pitches and a completely new athletics complex. All the facilities are aimed at the whole community with opening hours of the pool similar to those at Energise.

A series of guided bike rides are taking place this summer. For more details see http://www.york.gov.uk/transport/cycling/CyclingCityEvents/

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