Consultation pledged before closure of sports facilities

Pictured is Stve Brailey.Chief Exec of Sheffield International Venues,inside the Don Valley Satdium
Pictured is Stve Brailey.Chief Exec of Sheffield International Venues,inside the Don Valley Satdium

CONSULTATION will take place among staff at the organisation running Sheffield’s sports and leisure facilities.

Sheffield Council is looking to slash the £5 million annual subsidy it pays to Sheffield City Trust and Sheffield International Venues.

Proposals include closing the Don Valley Stadium.

Steve Brailey, chief executive of Sheffield City Trust group, which operates various leisure centres through Sheffield International Venues including Don Valley Stadium, said: “We would like to reassure everyone that any closure proposals will be subject to consultation with employees, trade unions and customers.

“We will inform all staff of any changes to our facilities as soon as the budget is confirmed and when SIV, and both trusts, have fully considered the available options.

“We recognise that Sheffield Council is in a very difficult financial position.”

SIV has also implemented its annual timetable and price review, with an adult peak swimming ticket having gone up 10 pence from last year to £4.50 and a junior leisure swim now £3.

The company said numerous discounts are available, and swimming is included in its Fitness Unlimited membership scheme.

Sheffield South East Labour MP Clive Betts, who was leader of Sheffield Council in the 1980s, said: “Even under the Thatcher Government when David Blunkett then myself were in charge of the council, we never had such harsh cuts to services.”