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Holt Park Active Living Centre and Trolleybus Updates

January 2nd, 2012 · 1 Comment · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
Holt Park Active Living Centre as been given the green light whilst the trolleybus scheme linking Holt Park and the city centre has been kept on hold by the government.

The £27 million Holt Park Active Living Centre has finally been given the approval for building work to commence.

The private finance initiative (PFI) funded project has been an uncertainty since the coalition government suspended all projects ahead of its October spending review in 2010.

Last Spring it appeared to be good news for the Active Living Centre. In April it was announced that the Active Living Centre was one of the Labour inspired projects that the coalition was to proceed with.

After further delays the project has now been given the final approval needed. Building work is set to begin on 9th January.

Sandie Keene, Director of Adult Learning Services in Leeds said: “In January 2012 work will begin to build the new centre that will support people, of all ages and ability, to live active lifestyles. The project is a fantastic opportunity for the city to deliver truly inclusive and joined-up services.”

It is proposed that the existing Holt Park leisure centre will remain open as usual until January 2013. The new centre has a estimated opening time of September 2013.

Trolleybus

As for the Trolleybus scheme, its fate has not been as successful.

The government has delayed the project further and called for more time to assess whether it will be value for money.

Concerns are that the costs will increase due to inflation with every month that passes. Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland said: “The news that there will be further delays is hugely frustrating for everyone involved in the Leeds bid. This is particularly worrying when we consider that the cost is only set to increase, as a result of inflation and other factors, with every month that passes”

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