A campaign fighting to get South Leeds Sports Centre reopened has issued a call to arms for local residents and businesses to back a potential bid to take the centre into community ownership.
The sports centre closed in November 2010 – despite a local campaign to save it – and now the Splashback group is looking at the possibilities of mounting a bid for a community takeover for the derelict building, which has since suffered from vandalism.
Splashback member Phil Gleason told South Leeds Life the group was seeking free professional help in drawing up business plans and was seeking the donation of local businesses time, expertise and building materials. He also wants local residents to come forward to offer their help and expertise while mounting the bid to become a community-owned social enterprise.
Mr Gleason said:
“A lot of people think the sports centre is dead in the water and that a new primary school is being built there, but we’re going to keep on fighting for sports provision on the site.”
Leeds council has been consulting on plans to build a new primary school on the site but has said that it’s open to suggestions from the community on the use of the site.
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A previous community-led bid to take over the centre was scuppered by a lack of cash in 2010.