TAMESIDE Council is to seek assurances that Active Tameside’s decision to close three centres will not cause havoc for users.
And the swimming pool at Ashton-under-Lyne needs ‘significant investment’ as it is past its ‘end of life.’
The much-used facility will close its doors on Sunday, September 3, along with Adventure Longdendsle.
Active Etherow, in Broadbottom, will shut on Friday, September 1.
Now after the closure was announced because of running costs across its whole estate rising to more than £2 million, although it insists its eight other sites, will remain open, the council will.seek answers.
Chiefly, what does it mean for people who use the three sites it owns but rents to Active Tameside?
A Tameside Council spokesperson said after Active said it could not provide financial help:
“We are of course seeking assurances and clarification on the plans to relocate clubs, classes and staff and will support Active Tameside, like we would any other organisation to ensure the best outcome possible for residents.
“Active Tameside’s proposal to close three facilities is of course disappointing for everyone, especially Active Tameside.
“Active is an independent, not-for-profit charity, provides some of the best health and wellbeing services across Greater Manchester and manages the council’s leisure estate.
“However, with rising energy costs and inflation, Active Tameside does not have sufficient revenue to sustain its current business model and needs to close some sites in order to secure the future of the whole leisure offer.
“The council’s finances means that it is not in a position to pay more for the services and sadly like other sports trust, Active has not been able to access any government support to deal with the excessive energy costs.
“With ongoing running costs, and the Ashton facility being past its end of life and requiring significant investment, it is no longer feasible for Active to run its offer from this site together with Adventure Longdendale and Active Etherow.”