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Rutland County Council cabinet to consider £59,000 grant to support running of Catmose Sports Centre in Oakham

Rutland County Council’s cabinet will consider a grant of just over £59,000 from the National Leisure Recovery Fund to support the running of Catmose Sports Centre in Oakham.

Responding to the severe impact that Covid-19 restrictions have had on the leisure industry, and specifically leisure centres, Sport England in partnership with the government launched a National Leisure Recovery Fund to support providers which are struggling.

The cabinet meeting on Tuesday (June 15) will also consider additional funding of up to £43,000 to support the operators of Catmose Sports Centre, Stevenage Leisure Ltd, in light of Covid-19 and the continuing closure of Catmose swimming pool.

Catmose Sports Centre
Catmose Sports Centre

The council’s leisure management contract with Stevenage Leisure Ltd expired on March 31, 2021 and the additional financial support is needed to continue operating the centre beyond August 2021.

The public swimming pool at Catmose Sports Centre remains closed following a condition survey that raised concerns about the safety of the building. Undertaking the necessary repair works to make the swimming pool operational have been assessed as costing over £500,000. This major capital investment is being considered as part of the longer-term future of leisure provision, which will be presented to cabinet for consideration later this year. As such, the immediate reopening of the pool is not possible.

Cabinet member for leisure Alan Walters (Con) said: "Leisure services around the country have struggled immensely after being forced to close for long periods due to Covid-19. The Government has responded with a package of financial support in the form of the National Leisure Recovery Fund grant.

"Cabinet next week will consider the acceptance of this grant and whether to provide SLL with additional financial support from the council’s own revenue budget. We are continuing to work with partners to consider how best to provide access to swimming facilities for residents – particularly lessons for children.”

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