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Kidsgrove Sports Centre to Close

A former school swimming pool in Kidsgrove is due to close as a result of its deteriorating condition and increasing maintenance costs.

The decision has been made after a building condition survey revealed at least £2.4 million would need spending on the ageing centre over the next seven years.

The survey indicated that £400,000 will need spending on the centre in the next year alone to repair and maintain it.

Kidsgrove Sports Centre opened in 1976.  The building is owned by Staffordshire County Council, but has been subject to a Joint Use Agreement with Newcastle Borough Council and King’s School for a number of years.

Newcastle Borough Council has been providing leisure services from the building, and managed community use at the centre.

Now that the new Kings School building has opened complete with new sports hall and related sports facilities, the Kidsgrove building is no longer needed to fulfil their curriculum obligations.

All of these considerations have led to the decision to close the building.

Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council Ian Parry said: “This has not been an easy decision, but the age and condition of the building means it is no longer a viable option. We invested £220,000 in the building over four years ago, but it is clear that there needs to be considerable investment to bring it up to standard.  Given that the school no longer need it and the county council is not responsible for providing leisure facilities, we cannot justify the investment.”

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is now considering how the health and well-being needs of Kidsgrove’s residents can continue to be met, without the sports centre. Alternative arrangements for gym members and children signed up for swimming lessons are also being considered.

A spokesman for the Borough Council, said:  “What we are doing now as a matter of urgency, is looking at how we can continue to cater for the health and well-being needs of residents in Kidsgrove without having access to this building. We are exploring a number of options and hope to be able to say more on this matter shortly.”