WORK has begun by Craven District Council to create 18 new car parking spaces at the Craven Leisure car park, in Aireville Park.

The work was commenced on November 4 and is expected to take two weeks.

The district council has reassured users of the leisure centre that the main car park will be unaffected while the new parking spaces are being constructed.

Paul Ellis, Craven District Council’s Director of Services, said: “With the success and popularity of the new play area, there is now a need for these additional spaces.

“We want to continue to provide enough spaces for the users of the swimming pool, gym and exercise classes at Craven Leisure

“We also are making sure those who wish to park here and use the playground and other facilities at Aireville Park can do so.”

This work has been funded through the Council’s capital programme and will cost £25,000.

The new spaces are being constructed on both sides of the bottom pedestrian entrance to Skipton Academy.