Cornwall’s leisure centres in trouble unless government releases cash

Cornwall’s leisure centres could be in trouble if the government doesn’t get a move on and start distributing funding.

In October, it was announced that the government would be offering a £100 million fund for local authority leisure centres.

But centres in Cornwall still haven’t seen a penny, and unless the money starts trickling through they could be in real trouble.

Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “There was the announcement of the £100million fund to support leisure centres I think the exact date was October 20.

“The government still hasn’t released any of that money.

“I was in a Local Government Association (LGA) meeting with The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Sport England and they were talking about hoping to get a sign off from the treasury to release the scheme and then having an application process for that scheme.

“So it’s looking as though no money will reach leisure centres until at the earliest next year.

“That’s really disappointing, it means leisure centres around the country are struggling financially.

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“Whilst we have managed to reopen all the leisure centers in Cornwall, many centres around the country remain closed.

“In terms of Cornwall’s position, we’ve talked about a £5million shortfall through loss of income to GLL over this year, so we really need that funding.

“So that’s what we’re waiting on, so if we receive that funding then obviously that helps the viability of our leisure centres.

“And without that funding we’re in a really difficult position, there’s no going away from that.”

Cornwall Live