Leisure centres under threat, warn councils

By Dan Peters | 20 July 2020

Hundreds of leisure facilities are under ‘immediate threat of closure’ due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned ministers.

A letter to culture secretary Oliver Dowden from chairman of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) culture, tourism and sport board, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said the pandemic was affecting facilities’ ability to generate income while they faced ‘ongoing high standing costs’.

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