Conservatives fail to block plan to keep pools and leisure centres open

September 25, 2020 12:55 PM
North Herts Council has agreed to provide the necessary financial support to keep the district's swimming pools and leisure centres in Hitchin, Letchworth and Royston open during the Covid pandemic. The reduced number of people using them and the reduced capacity available whilst keeping people safe means that without extra money they could not have continued to operate.
Conservative councillors voted to block the support but fortunately they were out voted, so our swimming pools and leisure centres will be able to remain open.
Lib Dem councillor Steve Jarvis, who is the council's cabinet member for Environment and Leisure, said, "Covid has had a big impact on leisure centers and swimming pools everywhere. They were closed for four months and now have to operate in very different ways to keep people as safe as possible. That means that for the next few months they need financial support to keep them available for local people, which fortunately North Herts Council is able to provide. It is a disappointment that the Conservatives tried to block this, but fortunately they did not suceed."