Five leisure centres and three swimming pools in Cornwall that had previously been closed since lockdown in March have reopened this week.
Operator GLL is a leisure social enterprise provider that runs thirteen leisure facilities on behalf of Cornwall Council. The organisation opened eight centres and three swimming pools on 25 July but couldn’t afford to open everything without funding assistance following substantial losses during the four months of closure.
Cornwall Council provided £6m to GLL at the end of September so its Cornish leisure centres could open again within two weeks.
Now Wadebridge, Launceston, Saltash and St Ives leisure centres, Ships & Castles in Falmouth and Bude, Helston and Liskeard swimming pools are open again. Launceston swimming pool is undergoing essential maintenance but will also re-open as soon as work is completed.
To mark the moment, Cornwall Council’s Deputy Leader Adam Paynter, Councillors Mike Eathorne-Gibbons and Andrew Mitchell joined GLL’s Head of Service James Curry and Senior Manager Amelia Kitchen at St Ives Leisure Centre on Wednesday 14 October.
The vast majority of the funding from Cornwall Council has been in the form of a loan but joint Council, GLL and local authority lobbying is continuing for an urgent financial rescue package for the whole industry from the Government.
Source: Cornish Stuff
Original publication 15 October, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 26th October 2020
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