Leisure centre under review

Garstang Leisure Centre
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A FORMAL consultation into the future of a Fylde coast leisure centre is expected to start next week.

A question mark still hangs over Garstang Leisure Centre, which has been dubbed ‘underperfoming’ by Wyre Council.

Bosses say the Windsor Road centre is costing taxpayers £77,000 a year to keep open and are looking at ways to make it more cost effective.

At a council meeting this month, councillor Lynne Bowen, leisure and portfolio holder, said a formal consultation on a review of leisure facilities in the borough by Max Associates would start around the New Year.

She confirmed that town and parish councils would be consulted as part of that process.

However, last month it was revealed a confidential report had already been prepared for Wyre Council recommending the closure of Garstang Leisure Centre.

The document, produced by leisure consultant Neil Allen Associates, also suggested the switching of the centre’s activities to either Garstang swimming pool or the new sports centre at Garstang Academy.

It is believed Neil Allen Associates presented its private report for the council in autumn 2010.

A Wyre spokesman said: “Rather than focus on remits and reports and repeatedly covering old ground, we are looking to the future. Our priorities are to improve leisure services for residents and provide value for money to the tax payer, which is what the Max Associates review will help us to achieve.

“We have already been through this process with our waste service and are doing the same with our street cleansing and tourism services.”