Burntwood Leisure Centre
Staffing levels and entry prices are being reviewed at leisure centres in Lichfield and Burntwood. The move comes as part of Lichfield District Council’s bid to find £1.7million worth of cuts. The Fit for the Future review has examined all three of the local authority’s leisure centres.
Burntwood Leisure Centre
A range of measures were considered for Burntwood, Friary Grange and King Edward VI Leisure Centres – including complete closure. However, an internal report revealed that shutting the doors at Burntwood would cost Lichfield District Council £300,000 a year. A recent £360,000 grant to improve the swimming facilities could well have saved Friary Grange after the review admitted it has “no asset value for the council” – but said the refurbishment was expected to increase revenues. Meanwhile, King Edward VI Leisure Centre is leased from the adjoining school – a deal which would require three years’ notice to be ended. But despite ruling out closure, all three centres are examining reductions in staffing and an increase in prices, with the latter expected to generate an extra £30,000 across all of the council controlled sites. The plans will be discussed at the council’s overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday (June 20). [story-latest tag=”fit-for-the-future”]

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

One reply on “Prices set to rise as leisure centre closures are ruled out by Lichfield District Council”

  1. Surely shutting one of Lichfield’s two leisure centres would have made a quicker and bigger hole inthe budget?

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