Ideas are sought for 'decaying' former Otley pool site

Councillor Ryk Downes

Councillor Ryk Downes

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Leeds City Council is being urged to regenerate an “eyesore” part of a popular Otley park.

Councillor Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) says the state of the old swimming pool site in Wharfemeadows Park has been raised as a concern by both residents and visitors.

He is calling on the city council, as the park owners, and local people to come up with ideas to improve the area.

He said: “The site has been empty for some time now and is becoming increasingly derelict.

“Given the hundreds of thousands of people who visit Wharfemeadows annually, this eyesore site is not a good advert for Otley.

“A number of residents have already approached us with suggestions for possible uses, including an improved café-restaurant, public toilets, amusement arcade, high-tech business centre or store for boats on the river.

“Obviously, it could also be used as an improved clubhouse for the bowling club.

“Over the last few months many eyesore sites in the town have been or are about to be developed.

“We believe this important, council-owned site should not be left to decay any longer and are calling on Leeds to consult with residents to form a joint vision for the area.

“It is about the whole town having a say in what happens on the riverside and I am asking residents to contact me with their ideas so we can get things moving.”

Coun Downes can be contacted by e-mail on Ryk.Downes@leeds.gov.uk, or by telephone on 07950 008005.

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9:23pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Frances Lincoln says...

Something also needs to be done with the cattle market site too. This site is a disgrace.
Something also needs to be done with the cattle market site too. This site is a disgrace. Frances Lincoln
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7:49am Sat 25 Jan 14

mrshlp says...

I would love to see a purpose built youth cafe and training centre built on the site to provide training for adults so they dont have to travel into Leeds but also to provide activities and opportunities for young people. At the moment we have woefully little in terms of open access provision for them and cutbacks mean that we cant rely on Leeds to run anything here anymore. Otley needs to step in as a community and start taking this issue seriously.
I would love to see a purpose built youth cafe and training centre built on the site to provide training for adults so they dont have to travel into Leeds but also to provide activities and opportunities for young people. At the moment we have woefully little in terms of open access provision for them and cutbacks mean that we cant rely on Leeds to run anything here anymore. Otley needs to step in as a community and start taking this issue seriously. mrshlp
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4:32pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Half Pint Bob says...

What about a landmark cafe and public facility. Built above the floodplain this would be an amazing facility in an amazing locality. Maybe the shabby existing cafe could move into the building
What about a landmark cafe and public facility. Built above the floodplain this would be an amazing facility in an amazing locality. Maybe the shabby existing cafe could move into the building Half Pint Bob
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