Lancashire

Skelmersdale Sports Centre to close in October

A Lancashire sports centre "at the end of its natural lifespan" is to close in October, a council has said.

West Lancashire Council's David Sudworth said Skelmersdale Sports Centre would not be granted the £250,000 it needs for urgent repairs.

The centre needs its asbestos roof replacing and the heating system, showers and lighting fixing.

Mr Sudworth said the council wanted to build a new facility but "economic events have slowed that process".

He added that areas of the centre had already had to be cordoned off as they had become dangerous, but the whole facility would be closed down on 1 October.

'Finite life'

The sports centre, which was converted from a former factory in the 1970s, includes a gym, an indoor five-a-side football pitch, two squash courts and a small function room.

Mr Sudworth said it was not "a purpose-built sports centre [but had] provided a facility for local residents and groups".

"The council and its partners worked extremely hard to keep Skelmersdale Sports Centre open, but the building had a finite life.

"It just isn't fit for purpose any more and is at the end of its natural lifespan."

He added that two schools in Skelmersdale had offered to open their sports facilities to the community and that he hoped to see a new centre built in the future.

"The council set out a vision for a new building in the town centre and that ambition is still there," he said.

"However, economic events have slowed that process."

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