New lease for saved Stocksbridge leisure centre to be agreed

Stocksbridge Leisure Centre
Stocksbridge Leisure Centre
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A community action group which took over Stocksbridge Leisure Centre could finally be granted a long-term lease to secure its future.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet will consider a report recommending a 25-year agreement for the centre next week.

Campaigners fought tirelessly to reopen the centre last year after it was closed due to its £400,000 funding being withdrawn by the council to meet Government cuts.

The leisure centre is now run by 4SLC on a charitable basis, and the sports hall, fitness suite, squash courts and bowls hall have reopened.

The granting of a longer lease means grants will be more easily obtainable.

It must be approved first by the council in its capacity as charitable trustees and then by the Charity Commission.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “4SLC has done a tremendous job to re-open the facility under community management.

“I’m confident that the lease will be approved by the trustees next week and subsequently by the charity commission and that this will further strengthen the group’s position to successfully operate the facility for many years to come.