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Selby leisure centre granted lottery cash

Artist's impression of the new centre
Image caption The new centre is expected to open by Christmas 2014

A £2m lottery grant has been awarded towards rebuilding a leisure centre in Selby destroyed by fire.

The new development will include two swimming pools, a gym, sauna and steam room and an all-weather sports pitch outside the building at a cost of £9m.

The fire at the Abbey Leisure Centre, on Scott Road, started in the steam and sauna room on 28 February last year.

Sport England has given just over £2m towards the centre which was given planning permission in August.

Charles Johnston, from Sport England, said: "Our investment in Selby's new leisure centre will allow local residents to get back into sport following last year's devastating fire.

"By investing in top class, local facilities that provide a good sporting experience, we're helping more people develop a sporting habit for life."

Conservative-run Selby District Council has been working with its leisure services provider, Wigan Leisure and Cultural Trust, and national sports body Sport England on the new development.

It expects the new centre to open by Christmas 2014.

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