Work is set to begin shortly on transforming a waterpark near Burnham-On-Sea into a brand new sports complex featuring a cycling velodrome and athletics track.

Middlemoor Water Park, located on the Causeway between East Huntspill and Woolavington, has been given the go-ahead to construct the new facilities, which are scheduled to open in 2015.

The site’s owners, Steve and Julia Cox, told Burnham-On-Sea.com they are looking forward to starting construction work shortly on the project.

Steve, pictured holding the plans, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The proposals are very exciting and will see some great new sports facilities introduced for the Burnham area.”

“We’ll be building a new 500m velodrome and athletics track plus a 2km cycling track around the site.”

“Our current water area will be redesigned and turned into three smaller lakes for fishing and new generation water sports using environmentally-friendly tow cables rather than power boats.”

“When built 20 years ago, Middlemoor was purpose-built for a jet ski era but that has now been replaced with new sports requiring a different style lake. With no motorised craft on the waterpark, fishing is now a viable sport and wildlife previously intimidated by loud engines will flourish.”

He said the permits required to start the work have just been agreed with the Environment Agency and that work should start soon. Sedgemoor District Council previously gave its approval to the scheme in 2012.

“We hope to start construction very soon and I expect the new facilities to be in place within two years.”