Council considers cash boost for Richmond Swimming Pool to cope with spiralling energy costs

Richmond Swimming Pool.

Councillors are considering giving extra cash to the charity running Richmond Swimming Pool to ensure it can keep the centre open.

Richmondshire District Council says it is looking to support the venue after bosses warned of spiralling utility bills.

The pool is leased to Richmondshire Leisure Trust by the district council, with the district council making an annual revenue grant of £313,000 to the trust to support the operation of the pool.

The pool is currently closed as it undergoes a £1.9 million revamp by the local authority which is also paying compensation to the trust of £65,000 as a result of the loss of income.

With the work behind schedule that compensation could increase by up to £20,000.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Next week, members of the council’s corporate board will be asked to help further after learning that the cost of utility bills is going to cause considerable strain on the leisure trust’s finances.

“The trust has already told Colburn Town Council that it is handing back Colburn Leisure Centre to them due to increasing energy costs.

“District councillors will be asked to consider supporting the increase in energy costs for the pool by setting a cap on the total amount of support it can give for them for those costs.”

They will also be asked to approve the increased compensation due to the delays in building work.

Richmondshire Leisure Trust has welcomed the “constructive discussions” it has had with the authority.

It added in a statement: “RLT and its partners are seeking to agree a way forward which will ensure the sustainability of Richmond Swimming Pool and Liberty Health Club for the benefit of our local community.

“The scale of the difficulties facing the leisure industry have become apparent recently as Community Leisure UK, CIMPSPA, Swim England and UKActive have jointly written to the Chancellor, asking for government support to address  the growing crisis facing public swimming pools in the UK .

“Richmondshire Leisure Trust is involved in these national conversations and will make every effort to raise awareness of the current challenges.

“In the meantime, RLT will continue to provide the highest quality leisure and wellbeing services for its service users.”

1 Comment

  1. Please keep going with water activities, the only exercise i can manage now 🥹
    increase prices if you have to ..

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