IF ever somewhere needed a 'masterplan' to sort it out, it is Skipton's Sandylands - or Craven's 'sports village' as it has been called.

It was one of the last good ideas of Craven District Council before it ceased to exist earlier this year, and has now been taken up by the new North Yorkshire Council.

The centre, off Carleton New Road, or Engine Shed Lane, to be more precise, is used by dozens of different sports clubs and organisations, and has both inside and outside facilities. Its problem is it is owned by different landowners - and its problems are clear for all to see; the car park is a confused mess, walking to it is dangerous - there is no path along Engine Shed Lane.

There is not even a sign at the entrance, well, there is a sign, but it fell off years ago.

North Yorkshire Council has invited all those who use the centre to take part in a survey and tell it what is good, what is bad, and ideas for its future development. Sandylands is a great asset for Craven, but it could be a great deal better.