Anger as council cash for leisure centre revamp cut

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COUNCIL bosses in Sheffield have been accused of “robbing” the suburb of Stocksbridge of more than £200,000 which had been earmarked for refurbishing the town’s leisure centre.

According to the mayor of Stocksbridge Town Council, Coun Martin Brelsford, Sheffield Council agreed to provide £309,000 for the revamp.

However, this was reduced to £101,000 after Sheffield International Venues (SIV) took over Stocksbridge leisure centre and centres at Heeley, Graves and Springs.

Coun Brelsford said: “Much of the money that was allocated to Stocksbridge is now going to these other places with no explanation, which is robbing the people of Stocksbridge.”

Paul Billington, director of culture at Sheffield Council, said that transferring the centres to SIV was “the right move”.

He added: “Cabinet also agreed that, as part of this transfer, the limited money available should be used across all four venues.”