Learner pool to re-open after lease agreed for Stocksbridge Leisure Centre

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Campaigners plan to re-open a Sheffield swimming pool after agreeing a 25-year lease for the leisure centre it is part of.

The not-for-profit 4SLC trust will become legal custodians of Stocksbridge Leisure Centre after Sheffield Council agreed to sign over its long-term lease.

The trust’s annual meeting also heard this week that trust directors have allocated funds to reopen the smaller learner pool at the centre early next year.

The centre closed after Sheffield Council withdrew its £400,000 funding to meet budget cuts last year.

It was officially taken over by residents in November last year.

A 4SLC spokeswoman said: “These announcements are the culmination of an amazing year for the centre and its supporters.

“Over the year, one of the key priorities for the directors has been to secure a long-term lease from the council and this has now been achieved, meaning we can look forward to safeguarding the centre for the future.

“The fact we are now able to announce work is about to start on refurbishing the learner pool is an indication of the support we have from the community.

“Monies raised from selling plaques, fundraising events such as a raft race and Christmas fair, as well as the fantastic support we have had from local businesses and tradespeople along with support from Stocksbridge Town Council, mean we can start to invest in refurbishing the ‘wet side’ of the centre.”

The learner pool will initially be reopened for self-managed groups in time for February half term.