Sheffield leisure centre pools set to reopen

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Campaigners have revealed plans to re-open the two swimming pools at a Sheffield leisure centre - if they can raise £100,000 to fund it.

The not-for-profit SCLC Trust intends to re-open the two pools at Stocksbridge Leisure Centre within the next 12 months.

This follows a meeting with the local town council and the city council’s director of culture and environment, who were presented with a proposal detailing the costs as well as the benefits the re-opening would bring to the community.

A spokesman for the SCLC Trust said: “The major stumbling block, as with all such schemes, is money.

“Initially, we need to raise £100,000 to repair the pool and further substantial funds to run it.

“We are currently in negotiation with the city council for a 25-year lease on the building. This will enable us to apply for grants and benefactions.

“We are also looking at more energy efficient ways to heat and light the building including solar and biomass schemes.”

The Trust has already carried out a major feasibility study into the viability of the scheme and it believes that with the continued support of the community and town and city councils, the pools could be repaired and re-opened within a year.

Stocksbridge Leisure Centre closed after Sheffield Council withdrew its £400,000 funding to meet budget cuts in 2013. It was officially taken over by residents in November 2013.

In December 2014, the Trust said the learner pool is set to be reopened for self-managed groups in time for February half term.