Leisure centre set to be reopened

Campaigners have won their fight to reopen Stocksbridge Leisure Centre
Campaigners have won their fight to reopen Stocksbridge Leisure Centre
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Stocksbridge Leisure Centre is set to reopen after an agreement was reached between campaigners fighting to save the facility and Sheffield Council.

The city council has come to an agreement with Stocksbridge Town Council and 4SLC - in return for a judicial review of the original closure decision being withdrawn.

Emma Gregory, chair of 4SLC said: “Throughout the Judicial review proceedings we have continued to explore alternative ways to provide access to the facilities at Stocksbridge Leisure Centre, particularly for the elderly and disabled who would find it difficult to travel elsewhere.

“We are delighted that a solution has been found which will bring management of the centre under community control with some initial financial support from Sheffield Council.

“We would like to thank all those who have supported our campaign for their hard work, and donations, and we look forward to breathing new life in to the leisure centre.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “We are pleased that we have reached an agreement with 4SLC. The focus can now be on working to develop community­led sporting and leisure facilities.

“We are fully committed to working with both 4SLC and Stocksbridge Town Council to support them in their aspiration to provide sporting facilities in their community and a solution that is sustainable and workable for local people.

“It is a positive step forward that we can continue to work together and I would like to thank 4SLC for approaching this matter in a productive manner.”

Plans to close the leisure centre to save the £400,000 annual subsidy, was proposed as part of Sheffield Council’s £50 million budget cuts for 2013/14.

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