Meeting planned to form committee to keep Colburn Leisure Centre open

Colburn Leisure Centre.

A meeting will take place tomorrow form a committee to ensure Colburn Leisure Centre can stay open.

Colburn Town Council, which owns the site, will hold the meeting at Colburn Village Hall at 6.30pm.

Last month, Richmondshire Leisure Trust announced it wanted to hand back the keys to the centre because it could not afford huge increases in energy costs.

The trust said its annual energy and water bills for the building were set to rise from £15,000 a year to £72,000 annually.

After a discussion in which members of the audience were allowed to ask questions, the town council agreed it would pay £7,000 a month towards the centre’s energy costs until the end of the year.

The council will use the next two months to look at ways of keeping the centre open, including looking at launching a new community organisation to take over the running from 2023 onwards.