Sheffield Council offers extra cash for leisure centre

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 fighting to save Stocksbridge Leisure Centre are being offered £125,000 by Sheffield Council.

The money is to pay for the ‘safety and security’ costs of mothballing the centre for four months, allowing more time for protesters to come up with ‘viable’ options to keep the centre open.

Otherwise, the money could be used for subsidising operation of the venue, should the 4Stocksbridge Leisure Centre group and town council come up with an immediate rescue plan.

The funding is set to be approved at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s cabinet on Wednesday - and a new deadline for a business plan, of April 19, has also been set.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “A lot of work has been undertaken over the last few months and the council has flexible and open. We want to work with the town council and 4SLC to look at what can be done.”

A date has also been set for Don Valley Stadium’s closure, of September 30.