Leisure centre closure rumours are fake news

Pershore Leisure Centre will reopen its doors when coronavirus restrictions allow, Wychavon Leisure has confirmed.

Rumours and speculation on social media have suggested Wychavon Leisure, which runs the King George's Way centre, are looking to close it permanently.

This is not true, and Wychavon Leisure has now confirmed the centre will reopen either at the end of the current national lockdown on 2 December or as soon as restrictions allow. The swimming pool is currently closed as it is undergoing extensive repairs.

The board of Wychavon Leisure is looking to make cost savings as their finances have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Staff at the centre have been put at risk of redundancy and a proposal has been made that the centre's pool should remain closed until reopening it is financially viable for the organisation.

This proposal has already been rejected by Wychavon District Council.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: "Pershore Leisure Centre is not closing. It will reopen once coronavirus restrictions allow. Anyone who suggests otherwise is spreading fake news.

"In terms of the swimming pool, we will not accept its closure any longer than is necessary to carry out repairs. We understand the financial pressure Wychavon Leisure is under and it is right they are looking at ways to minimise their losses.

"But our leisure centres are key to helping people look after their physical and mental wellbeing, especially during this pandemic. We are committed to helping Wychavon Leisure through this challenging period and are happy to discuss any financial support they may need to allow the full range of pool and gym services to continue to operate."

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