More sports looking to Brighouse for new centre

BRIGHOUSE could make a big splash in the sport of canoeing if plans to develop the River Calder for recreation get the go-ahead.

Officials from Canoe England made a site visit yesterday to the river weir near the former Sugden’s Mill to consider how it could be used.

If the site is considered suitable for canoeing, new facilities could be developed alongside the Rokt climbing centre and gym. Talks have already been held with members of United Brighouse who are giving the scheme their backing.

Chairman Jason Costello said: “The river is an under-used resource in Brighouse and it has a lot of potential to be part of a sporting corridor which could also include cycling, athletics and climbing. One of the visitors to the climbing centre’s open day, who is involved in canoeing, was very impressed when he saw the facilities and the proximity to the weir. He suggested that officials from the sport’s governing body come and take a look.

“It is envisaged that canoeists would be able to go up the canal and back down the river using the weir. The climbing centre could be used for storing equipment and sharing facilities. It could become the base for club activities.

“It would be very exciting to see the river in Brighouse developed for leisure use and I am optimistic about it.”

United Brighouse recently held a positive site meeting at Brookfoot with officials from British Cycling to discuss proposals for a velodrome and off-road cycle track.

For full story see Brighouse Echo 07-04-11