FURIOUS council chiefs have slammed speculation surrounding the future of Pershore Leisure Centre and insisted the venue will reopen its doors.
Wychavon Leisure spoke out after speculation on social media which claimed it was looking to close the King George’s Way centre permanently.
Angry leisure bosses dismissed the claims as not true and confirmed the centre would reopen either at the end of the current national lockdown on December 2 or as soon as restrictions allow. The swimming pool is currently closed as it is undergoing extensive repairs.
However cost savings will be made as the organisation’s 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 the centre’s pool should remain closed until reopening it is financially viable for the organisation, a move ruled out by Wychavon District Council.
Coun 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.”