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Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre set for new improved café and fitness equipment

Craven District Council has unveiled plans to spend £50,000 on improving Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre's café and £22,000 on new spinning bikes.

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The council's policy committee approved the funding bids at a meeting on Tuesday June 7. The proposals still have to be agreed by full council in August before they are formally approved.

The plans for the café include improving and extending the seating area, providing around 60 covers inside and 32 outside, with a retractable canopy at the front of the building.

The kitchen would also be significantly improved to allow a higher and healthier quality of food to be cooked and prepared. Staff would also receive further cookery training at Craven College.

Spinning at the centre has become so popular that there are now 29 spin classes per week and the original bikes are being used far more than previously expected, so need replacing.

Users of the new bikes would also be offered optional wearable technology, with Bluetooth connectivity and heart rate monitors.

Lloyd Hancox, Craven District Council's Leisure Services Manager, said: "We are excited about these plans to improve the café - it has the potential to become a much more attractive area providing high quality food for the centre and park users.

"The spinning bikes have been a huge success since they were installed five years ago; they've been so popular that they're wearing out and need to be replaced.

"Spinning is a fantastic form of exercise and new bikes will attract even more people to take part.

"Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre is already a great asset to the community but these proposals would enable us to make it even better for the future."

It is estimated that the new spinning bikes would increase income to the council, offsetting part of the cost, while the improvements to the café would pay for themselves in just over a year.

The lighting in the main pool area has also just been improved, with LED lighting installed, which is 45 per cent more energy efficient and will save energy and costs. The lights, which cost £33,000, cover the pool area more effectively and are also dimmable.