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Pools and sports halls 'could be forced to close' 28 Oct 2017 09:57 #4730

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By Judith Burns

Council leisure facilities 'need a cash boost'

At a town hall meeting last week, Pendle Council in Lancashire heard a solution to a looming £4bn deficit may be to close a sports hall or pool.
Councillors told the meeting such a closure would be unacceptable, and urged every effort to keep the borough's three leisure centres open.
Across England, cash-strapped councils are struggling to run and maintain sports centres, say town hall bosses.
The government said it was for councils to decide how to spend their budgets.
But the Local Government Association, representing councils in England, says ministers should commit £400m in next month's Budget to upgrade and renovate leisure facilities.
The cash is crucial to combat major health issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease, it argues.
It warns that the majority of council-owned sports halls and swimming pools are at risk of becoming "old and tired" as local authorities' budgets become increasingly squeezed, leaving them unable to afford the cost of refurbishments.
In the 10 years to 2020, councils will have seen a £16bn reduction in core government funding, says the LGA.
It leaves them having to plough all their existing resources into meeting the increasing demand for adult and children's social care and tackling homelessness, at the expense of investing in leisure facilities.

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So the Torys want us to be fitter and lead a healthy lifestyle, Then shut down the facilities to achieve it?

In my local Area, the Torys shut down the local swimming pool some 7-8 years ago, then to make sure it could never re-open Demolished it
completely 5 years ago, since then The park and Children's paddling pool and play area have been removed.
Now the kids just roam the streets with nothing to do greatly adding to Anti-Social behaviour;
that goes unchallenged due to cuts to the Police.
Happy days
. :angry:
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