Scouting bossess were delighted after plans to create a water sports centre on Green Withens reservoir were given the go-ahead.
West Yorkshire Scout Council, which submitted the application in the summer, have started redevelopment work on the former Green Withens Sailing Club headquarters after finally being given the green light by Calderdale Council’s planning chiefs.
Now that the hurdle of obtaining planning permission has been overcome, the development team is hopeful water sports can begin to take place on the reservoir in a few months.
Peter Haigh, chairman of the development team said: “Work has already started on the renovation of the clubhouse and the fencing of a compound for boat storage. Subject to the weather in the next few weeks, we plan to begin water activities in May.”
Initially scouts will be trained in sports such as sailing, kayaking, open canoeing and rowing. However, scouting heads are hopeful windsurfing and bellboating will also take place on the site in the future. Peter Haigh praised the effect the new facilities will have, he said: “It will allow a great many young people to have exercise, adventure and fun with minimal impact on surroundings.
“I’m sure that the majority of people who walk in the area or look down at the area from Pennine Way, will think that the sight of boats sailing on the reservoir enhances the splendid views.”