Leisure centres provide a vital service in local communities, giving people a dedicated space to accomplish their health goals.
North Somerset Council has therefore joined other local authorities from across the South West to call on the Government to provide funding to safeguard the future of leisure centres.
The council is asking ministers to approve a funding submission to help councils meet the costs of reopening and operating leisure centres.
The formal plea is being made following the reopening of some leisure centres while many remain closed because of the impact of Covid-19.
Those that have reopened full or partially are facing substantial increased costs because of additional Covid-secure measures, such as limiting customer numbers and reducing opening hours.
Some leisure providers are reporting up to 50 per cent drops in income, which are predicted to continue into the next two years.
If leisure centres do close, it undermines the national initiatives of reducing obesity and making the nation healthier and more resilient.
Here in North Somerset, the council has agreed to offer some financial support to operators to help them remain financially viable and allow them to open.
Sport England has also made the government aware of the severe impact on public leisure provision and the need to secure additional financial support.
- Find details of your nearest leisure centre in North Somerset on the council’s website.
- Backwell Leisure Centre will remain closed for the rest of the year. North Somerset Council and operators Legacy Leisure have agreed that it will not re-open before the end of 2020 because of significant maintenance work which needs to be carried out. The boilers responsible for heating the building and pool need replacing, as well as extensive repairs to the roof.