Kirkstall and Pudsey Leisure Centres receive improvement cash

19 January 2020

Leisure centres in Kirkstall and Pudsey are set to benefit from a slice of £500,000 funding to improve ten facilities across Leeds, writes Keely Bannister and John Baron.

Leeds City Council is agreed to invest £20,000 at Kirkstall Leisure Centre, for work including studio refurbishment and general re-decoration work.

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Improvement work: Kirkstall Leisure Centre

Pudsey Leisure Centre will have £30,000 invested in the creation of a new exercise/toning room from a disused sunbed room.

There are also plans for minor works to the reception area, including

  • New automatic doors
  • New reception desk
  • New flooring
  • New lighting and painted throughout with new signage.

A council report approving the expenditure across Leeds said:

“To do nothing will result in the continued decay of the Council leisure centres and therefore the continued reduction in user numbers and income for the council.”

It added:

“Within leisure centres it is recognised that customers look for a good standard of facilities and when these fall below standard, the number of users to a facility reduces. This in turn results in lower customer satisfaction and therefore income levels for the leisure sites.

“Senior Management team for Active Leeds and the Sport Capital Board have been consulted as to the sites and agree the 10 selected are in need of urgent improvements. 

“Customer comments have been taken on board in helping to devise the projects and customer communication will be made following the approval of this report.

“As highlighted in the recent customer satisfaction survey, and from experience in leisure centres, to do nothing will result in the continued decay of the Council leisure centres and therefore the continued reduction in user numbers and income for the Council.

“The works will protect income and enhance the facilities for users.

“By investing £500k, up to ten of the Council’s leisure facilities will be improved in order to retain current users and attract future users.”

Other centres to receive investment include Kippax, John Charles Stadium, John Charles Aquatics, Middleton, Rothwell, John Smeaton, Scott Hall and Garforth.

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