Opening times for leisure centres in west Devon cut

Leisure centres in west Devon will open for fewer hours each week as the council attempts to save funds.

Parklands in Okehampton will have its opening times cut by 12 hours a week and Meadowlands in Tavistock by six hours a week.

Some leisure centre users are angry with the decision and are threatening to cancel their membership.

West Devon Borough Council subsidises the centres and said the change would save the authority £20,000 a year.

'Difficult decision'

Jenny Harding, who swims at the Parklands Leisure Centre, said she was upet by the decision.

"By cutting some of the sessions they're excluding part of the community.

"We're suppose to be promoting a healthy lifestyle and they're taking it away from us," she said.

West Devon Borough Council's senior manager Nick Payne told BBC News: "Our budget from April will be £800,000 less than it was for 2010/2011.

"This was a difficult decision and one we took after very careful consideration."

Mr Payne added that consultations had already taken place and there were no major objections to the revised opening hours.

The changes will be introduced next month.

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