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Source: City of Wakefield

​Wakefield Council is inviting people to have their say on proposals to build a replacement for Thornes Park Stadium.

Thornes Park Stadium plays an important part in supporting people to be more active but the ageing facility, which was extensively damaged by fire in February, no longer meets modern standards and a replacement is needed.

The Council is holding a consultation as it wants to hear from local residents to ensure that the new building delivers the leisure activities that people need.

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: “It’s an exciting time as we look forward to planning for the long term future of Thornes Park Stadium, which is a much loved and very well used facility.

“We want to ensure that residents are involved at the very beginning of the plans to get the facilities they deserve, delivered in a replacement, modern building.

“We want to provide opportunities for everyone in Wakefield to be active and to help achieve this, it’s important that new leisure facilities meet the needs of the people both now and into the future.

“It is very important that we hear the views of residents as we begin to make plans, and develop a facility that is not only fit for the future but has also been shaped by current and future users. So I urge people to get involved and take part in the consultation.”

The Council is unable to hold public drop-in events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but people can get involved by going online and filling out an online questionnaire or downloading a copy at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/tps2020consultation before 22 November at 5pm.

Or they can contact the Council’s helpline 0345 8 506 506 to request a paper copy. Completed questionnaires or written comments can be sent to:

Thornes Park Stadium Consultation, The Citizen, Room 12a Town Hall, Wood Street, FREEPOST RTKZ-KJRX-ETXE, Wakefield, WF1 2HQ. Or email comments to businesschange@wakefield.gov.uk

Following this consultation process, feedback will be used in the preparation of detailed designs, which will then be submitted to Cabinet in the Spring for approval of funding to deliver the scheme.

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