Protesters’ legal bid to halt centre closure

A demonstration outside Stocksbridge Leisure Centre against proposals to close it.
A demonstration outside Stocksbridge Leisure Centre against proposals to close it.
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Campaigners took Sheffield Council to court seeking a judicial review of plans to close Stocksbridge Leisure Centre.

The 4SLC protest group’s case was discussed at court in Leeds yesterday, after proceedings were launched by Unity Law.

Sheffield Council came under fire after giving the group just over two weeks to come up with an alternative after announcing the closure on March 1.

4SLC is now demanding a reassessment of the impact the closure will have on vulnerable members of the community – particularly the elderly and disabled and want a new, rigorous consultation.

Fay Howard, a member of 4SLC and a spokeswoman for the group, said: “4SLC was charged by the council to submit a business plan by March 25. “

At the same time as bringing the court case, 4SLC has also been working with Sheffield Council on developing a business plan to continue running the venue.

Sheffield Council said it would set aside funding to mothball the centre until next March so a viable plan can be put together.

The council has proposed closing the centre due to its £400,000 annual subsidy as it makes £50m cuts.

A judge at Leeds County Court adjourned the case until next Tuesday, when it will be heard in Manchester.