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Stocksbridge Leisure Centre damage a 'major blow' to group

Stocksbridge Leisure Centre
Image caption Sheffield City Council stopped funding the centre earlier this year as part of a £50m cuts programme

A group hoping to take over a Sheffield leisure centre is faced with a new hurdle after learning it needs repairs which could cost £40,000.

Stocksbridge Leisure Centre was shut in April as part of a £50m programme of cuts by Sheffield City Council.

The council and campaign group 4SLC have agreed a deal allowing the group to take over and reopen the facility.

However, surveyors have said there is a serious problem with the concrete structure supporting the pool.

The group said the news was a "major blow" and meant reopening the pool was impossible in the short term.

'Come too far'

Fay Howard, from 4SLC, said a detailed quote for the repair work had been commissioned and fundraising events would then be organised.

She said: "We are not giving up. There's massive will in Stocksbridge for this to happen.

"We have come too far."

The next fundraising event organised by the group is a raft race at the Peak Pursuits Underbank Activity Centre on 21 July.

The council warned in January it was to end its £400,000-a-year subsidy to the leisure centre in March.

While campaigners won a reprieve to keep the centre open for an extra month to allow 4SLC to formulate a business plan to secure its future, it was finally mothballed on 30 April.

A petition against the closure had earlier attracted about 1,500 signatures.

Last month 4SLC and the council announced they had reached a deal which would see 4SLC take the site over, with some initial financial support from the council.

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