‘Gloves are off’ in fight to save threatened Sheffield leisure centre

Stocksbridge Leisure Centre.
Stocksbridge Leisure Centre.
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CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Stocksbridge Leisure Centre have warned Sheffield Council ‘the gloves are off’.

Following Friday’s widely anticipated confirmation that the council would be withdrawing £400,000 used to subsidise the leisure centre’s running costs, the 4SLC protest group say they will now seek legal advice as they step up their battle to save the centre.

Emma Gregory. 4SLC chairman, said: “We are obviously upset and feel this is unacceptable, unfair and discriminatory.

“We’re going to take the gloves off now and we’re going to get in touch with a legal firm in Sheffield, Unity Law.

“They are going to look at helping us protect the future of the leisure centre and see what we can get sorted out, because we really want to find a solution to this.”

Emma said she believed that there were alternatives to keep the centre open.

She said: “The figures are very sketchy.

“We’ve been trying to break them down and the £400,000 subsidy figure is very out of the way.

“There are lots of anomalies in there and all we’re getting back are budgeted figures.

“If we got actual figures back and we could break them down properly, it would enable us to look at the sustainability of the centre.

“That would be much easier because we would be able to tell what we were actually dealing with.”

She added Stocksbridge Leisure Centre was a different proposition to the Don Valley Stadium closure.

Emma said: “I feel sorry for the people who use Don Valley and it’s a big loss for the people who use it, but it’s a central facility.

“We’re 11 miles out of Sheffield.

“For us, the transport links are poor and we have no direct access to any other facilities.

The 4SLC group will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at The Venue, on Manchester Road, Stocksbridge.