DIGGERS are finally on site with work getting under way to build a new Community Stadium and leisure complex in York.

Once complete, the stadium and leisure complex, in Monks Cross, will feature an 8,000 all-seat community sports stadium, hosting professional football and rugby league games.

There will also be leisure facilities with a swimming pool, gym, dance studio, indoor and outdoor climbing facilities and a sports hall with spectator seating.

A commercial development on the site will include a cinema complex, with IMAX screen, five restaurants and up to three retail units.

NHS outpatient services will be offered from a community hub alongside an Explore library and a York Against Cancer retail unit, all due to open in 2019.

City of York Council leader Cllr David Carr said: “We have always been committed to delivering the Community Stadium and accompanying facilities which will be a great asset for the city.”

The contracts for the work were signed last month.