Kimberley Leisure Centre
There is a lot of discussion and concern at the moment regarding the future of Kimberley Leisure Centre.
We have some limited information from Broxtowe about the situation right now. Currently, the School, Broxtowe Borough Council and Liberty Leisure are still in negotiations and no decision on the Leisure Centre’s future has been made. We are told there are significant financial implications relating to the repair, maintenance and general running costs of the Leisure Centre, in particular the swimming pool, and the school has requested aid from Broxtowe, which is under consideration. Broxtowe Borough Council have a meeting scheduled for December 5th to decide on its response to the School. The meeting will be exempt from public and press due commercial sensitivity – this is a legal requirement under Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, and we expect to find out more after this meeting.
Councillors have received a number of questions from local residents asking why Levelling Up funding can’t be used to secure the future of the Leisure Centre. The reason for this is that the Levelling Up funding was awarded by central government and can only be used for the purposes stated in the original bid and we’re not allowed to change that. Before the Levelling Up bid was submitted there were discussions with the school about potentially including funds to improve the facilities at the leisure centre but at the time the school did not want to progress this suggestion.
It is strongly advised that anyone wishing to express a view lobby their local councillors and MP to seek a positive resolution. Kimberley Town Council will lobby for a positive outcome as well.
The Broxtowe Borough Councillors for Kimberley are Chris Carr, Andrew Cooper and Will Mee, and their contact details (together with all Broxtowe Councillors contact details can be found here https://democracy.broxtowe.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1
The contact details for our local MP, Darren Henry are here email@example.com / 0115 671 2530 / https://www.darrenhenry.org.uk/contact?fbclid=IwAR0SfC3gqLAw19R2N2ga6-ahkPbzlT_CEY8Ze6_Jy7Rx1n3LmrqU4SkSDgU
When we have any further information we will share it with you.