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Have your say on leisure cuts

Council starts consultation over savings plan

Published on March 28th 2011.

Have your say on leisure cuts

MANCHESTER residents are being asked for their views on potential plans for the city’s leisure services.

The council has to save £109m this year, rising to £170m next year, which accounts for 25 per cent of its whole budget.

Proposals have been drawn up to make savings to all areas, including the city’s leisure sector, which are now subject to consultation.

The plans include developing alternative management models for four facilities in the city: Debdale Sailing Centre, Arcadia Sports Hall, Ten Acres Leisure Centre and Ardwick Sports Hall. The council has suggested new arrangements could be developed with community groups, the voluntary sector or with a mix of public and private sector organisations, in order to avoid closures.

Abraham Moss High School in Crumpsall is also considering taking over the operation of the Abraham Moss Leisure Centre. A recent decision to close Levenshulme Baths was overturned following demonstrations from the public.

Eamonn O’Rourke, Manchester City Council’s head of leisure services, said: "We have a fantastic range of leisure facilities across Manchester.

"From the brand new BMX Centre in East Manchester to Heaton Park in the north and the Wythenshawe Forum in the south, we have world-class facilities, and we remain committed to the best possible provision.

"However, the council needs to make significant savings and these proposals give an indication of how we can do that. I would encourage everyone in the city who uses our facilities to carefully consider the proposals and share your views."

The consultation lasts until 6 June. For more information, and to participate, visit www.manchester.gov.uk

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