Summit will discuss future of threatened leisure centre

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THE fate of a Sheffield leisure centre is to be discussed at a meeting today.

Stocksbridge Town Council members and Sheffield Council will consider how to attract funding to modernise Stocksbridge Leisure Centre and reduce the current annual subsidy of £400,000 a year.

Sheffield Council has given until April to find a solution or the centre will close.

The talks, which will see town members meet Paul Billington, city council service manager, and Coun Isobel Bowler, city council cabinet member for leisure, were revealed by Coun Jack Clarkson, UKIP town councillor in Stocksbridge.

He said: “We hope to make progress, however, we are disappointed the situation was not revealed sooner.

“At a public meeting last week, Coun Bowler said the council did not want to make the closure plans public because opposition councillors would ‘make mischief’.

“We ought to have known as soon as possible so we would have had more time to come up with a plan.

“Also, more focus should be made to savings from management company Sheffield International Venues, which has a boss on more than £100,000, nine senior managers and a large marketing department.”

Steve Brailey, SIV chief executive, said: “At SIV, we have built a strong reputation as a renowned operator, successfully running both elite and community sporting venues across the region.

“Our reputation for service has led to a number of industry award recognitions.”