Shock as Stocksbridge Leisure Centre mothballed - despite go-ahead for judicial review

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Protesters battling to save Stocksbridge Leisure Centre have been left ‘shell-shocked’ after a judge ordered a judicial review of its proposed closure - but allowed the venue to be mothballed in the meantime.

A full hearing to discuss Sheffield Council’s plan to withdraw a £400,000 annual subsidy for the centre on Moorland Road will take place in June.

Members of the 4SLC campaign group were hoping the judge, who considered the case at a hearing in Manchester, would order Sheffield Council to keep the centre open in the meantime.

Now, they fear the leisure centre and swimming pool could suffer vandalism and cost more money to reopen. It is due to close on Friday.

Sarah Cowley, a member 4SLC, said: “I’m absolutely disgusted and shell-shocked. How can a judge say yes to a full judicial review one moment - then allow the centre to be closed before he has considered the case?”