Conservative-run Cornwall Council is recommending the closure of four public leisure centres in Cornwall – those at Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge – and the hydrotherapy pool within St Austell Leisure Centre.
We call upon Cornwall Council to keep our leisure centres open.
Cornwall Lib Dems strongly object to this on the following grounds:
- The consultation document says this is due to the pandemic – permanent changes based on a temporary situation.
- It is widely documented that leisure provision is essential for health and mental wellbeing, particularly in the aftermath of a health pandemic.
- Public leisure services are key in addressing inequalities in society and health, and play an important role in the levelling up agenda.
- Research shows that investing in public sport and leisure services is an investment in ill-health prevention, reducing the burden on the NHS and social care services.
- It is vital that our children can learn to swim from a young age. Learning to swim is a statutory requirement at Key Stage 2 of Primary School.
- Closing leisure centres would place an extra burden on schools to arrange transport to swimming pools and possibly add an extra cost for parents. This would also take more time out of the school day.
- Hydrotherapy pools are used to treat many illnesses and conditions and are particularly important and beneficial for people with disabilities.
Cornwall Council states that petitions with over 250 signatures will be considered for Council debate and those with over 5,000 signatures will have to be debated. Please sign our petition here calling on Cornwall Council to keep our leisure centres open: https://www.cornwalllibdems.org.uk/leisure_centres
As the questions asked in the consultation document are worded in a very unhelpful way, please answer the following questions so that we can highlight the real concerns of residents: https://digitallibdems.typeform.com/leisurecentres. Results will be shared with Cornwall Council.