Row over sports centre cash cut

A COUNCIL decision to cut £200,000 from the refurbishment of Stocksbridge leisure centre was upheld, despite protests from Liberal Democrats.

Initially, £300,000 was earmarked for the revamp, but now it is getting £100,000, with the rest being used to ensure Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, Heeley swimming baths and Springs leisure centre are up to standard. Labour cabinet member Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris said it was a fairer distribution.

But Stocksbridge Lib Dem councillor Jack Clarkson said: “Many local people have told me they fear this is Labour’s first step on the road to closure. But we will fight them every step of the way. Our location means that local people cannot easily go to facilities elsewhere.”

All four sites are being transferred to Sheffield International Venues.