Cornwall Council members recently committed to working with community groups and organisations to find a financially sustainable way to keep two leisure centres – in Wadebridge and Falmouth – operating beyond the end of March 2022. People power has probably played a large part in this decision as locals campaigned to retain their leisure centres in some form or another. The Council says:
“No one underestimates the benefits of fitness and exercise, but the membership figures of these centres remain stubbornly low. The pandemic has affected the choices that people make, and they are accessing fitness and exercise in different ways. This has affected the viability of these leisure centres.”
The answer is use it or lose it, as with most things.
The Council also says:
The leisure centre in Launceston will continue to be run by GLL until January 2023. The Cabinet agreed that the Council will provide funding from reserves so that the leisure centre in Launceston remains open until January 2023 when the Council’s lease on that facility expires, and the building is handed back to the Coronation Park Trust. Cornwall Council will support the Trust to evaluate longer term options for leisure provision in the town.
A public consultation on the future provision of leisure services was launched in September, which included the request from Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), the social enterprise company that runs many of Cornwall’s Leisure Centres, to change its current contract with the Council.