Lib Dems and their Independent colleagues on Cornwall Council have provided a relief package enabling Cornwall’s leisure centres to reopen by mid October despite a lack of support from the Government.
GLL leisure centres in Saltash, Launceston, Wadebridge, St Ives and Falmouth, and the swimming pools at Bude, Liskeard and Helston will reopen by mid October, with Launceston pool opening in November after urgent maintenance is completed.
The relief package also provides support to other leisure providers which run Carn Brea Sports Centre, Newquay Sports Centre and Penzance Leisure Centre. The leisure centres will have strict protocols in place to ensure they are safe to reopen.
The central Conservative government refused to support Cornish leisure centres to help them reopen following lockdown, despite providing financial support to leisure centres upcountry.
Adam Paynter, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council said:
“It’s fantastic news that we’ve been able to step in to enable Cornwall’s leisure centres to reopen, supporting our communities’ health and wellbeing. However, we are deeply disappointed that the Tory government prioritised leisure centres upcountry over those in Cornwall.
“Cornwall has shown once again that it is better placed to respond to the Covid pandemic than the Tory government. We are calling on the national government and our Tory MPs to step up and ensure the long term future of our leisure centres.”
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