Petition launched to save Kingsdown Sports Centre
A campaign has begun to save Kingsdown Sports Centre from closure.
Cotham councillors Guy Poultney and Mohamed Makawi, pictured, have started a petition which has been signed by more than 1,100 people so far.
The two councillors say: “This decision has been made without the local community or elected councillors for the area having any opportunity to make the case for the council to save Kingsdown Sports Centre. This is unacceptable.
“We also note that the council's proposed alternative - the University of Bristol gym - lacks many of the facilities offered by Kingsdown Sports Centre, is usually full, with more costly membership fees for fewer activities, and completely unsuitable for many of the members of Kingsdown Sports Centre.”
The petition has been launched as a consultation on Bristol’s draft Leisure Facilities Investment Strategy has opened.
The council’s proposed approach is to make improvements across the sites which serve the highest number of users and serve the areas of greatest deprivation in Bristol, helping to ensure that all Bristol citizens have the encouragement, opportunity, and environment they need to lead active, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
In the draft strategy, the council proposes to continue to operate seven of the nine sites it operates, investing in improvements in up to three, while ceasing to operate Jubilee Swimming Pool and Kingsdown Sports Centre.
While the council proposes to stop operating these facilities, it is open to transferring them to another commercial operator or for them to be run by the community (known as Community Asset Transfer (CAT)). If this does not happen, the council proposes that these facilities will close.
The council’s approach sets out potential investment in Horfield Leisure Centre, Easton Leisure Centre and South Bristol Pool. On the basis that the council cannot afford all three investment options, the consultation asks the public to prioritise where they think investment should be made.
The consultation is open until Sunday 7 November. For more information on the proposals and to complete the survey, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/leisureinvestment
To sign the sports centre petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/save-kingsdown-sports-centre