Have your say on future of leisure centre in east Leeds

Kippax Leisure Centre. Photo: Google.
Kippax Leisure Centre. Photo: Google.
Have your say

People in Kippax are being urged to have their say on the future of their local leisure centre.

A public consultation process has been launched asking residents for their views on the possible redevelopment of Kippax Leisure Centre or the provision of new facilities at a different site in the area.

Budget constraints mean the opening times of the Leeds City Council-run centre and its swimming pool are being reduced from nearly 80 hours per week to around 60 from this Saturday.

But Coun James Lewis (Lab, Kippax & Methley) says people should not assume that the consultation is a precursor to more bad news.

Coun Lewis said: “The one thing that is going to stay is a swimming pool, this is not the thin end of the wedge towards closure.

“One option is to develop the site, or find another location. It will probably take a few years to get to that point, but before committing to what to do next, we want the residents’ views.

“We don’t just want to draw up a plan and then stick it under people’s noses.

“We know that demand for swimming pool space is high and will only grow further, so I encourage everyone to have their say and e-mail their views into the ongoing consultation.”

Draft plans are expected to be published later this year giving people in Kippax an early indication of what a new facility could look like.

People wanting to take part in the consultation can submit comments by e-mail to sportconsultation@leeds.gov.uk.

Council bosses said in December that Kippax Leisure Centre was operating at a deficit of £177,000 per year.

Facilities at the centre, parts of which date back to the 1970s, include its 25-metre pool and a four-court sports hall.