THE £1 million sports hall at Upper Wharfedale School should be available for public use by the end of the month.

Residents and local organisations have been kept out of the community facility because of a leaky roof.

The Threshfield hall "opened" in September, but to date it has only been used by school pupils.

Even then, risk assessments have to be carried out before each session and the floor has to be dried and made safe.

But there are hopes that the hall could be fully open shortly.

Helen Mukerjee, of the Upper Wharfedale Sports Committee, admitted that it had been a frustrating time.

"Obviously the facility is here and we want it to be used. However because of the problems, that hasn't happened.

"We are still not 100 per cent sure that we have solved the leak - we are hoping it is fixed, but without rain it is difficult to tell," she explained.

However, in readiness for its full opening, the committee has appointed a sports centre assistant, who will work with the public on Friday nights and at weekends.

"We are hoping the centre will be open in about three weeks, but until we have got a definite date, we will not be taking any bookings," added Mrs Mukerjee.

Funding for the sports hall was secured on condition it was available for community use.