People of Prescot ‘Getting a Matchbox’ to Replace Leisure Centre

By on Monday, October 25, 2010

Councillor Ian Smith holds up a sign says "Know(sley) Your Enemy: Save Prescot."Councillor Ian Smith decried Knowsley Council’s plans to shut down Prescot Leisure Centre today, saying that “The people of Prescot are getting the equivalent of a matchbox in place of the leisure centre.”

Knowsley Council Leader Ron Round, meanwhile, said it was “fantastic news for the residents and retailers of Prescot.”

Prescot Online begs to differ. Prescot Museum’s impressive Grade II listed building, dating from the Georgian era, has huge potential for tourism. It is situated in the historic heart of the town, across from Prescot Parish Church, Knowsley’s only Grade I listed building. Currently, only two of three floors are used for exhibition space–the rest is used by administration staff from Knowsley Arts and Events. The bulk of Prescot’s history is not represented by the current exhibition, which celebrates clocks and watches at the expense of William Shakespeare, Lord Nelson, Edward Lear, John Kemble and other famous figures from the town’s illustrious past.

As for Prescot Leisure Centre, it is the town’s only civic hall. Its first civic hall was demolished in the 1980s. Its replacement, Prescot Civic Suite, disappeared within a few years. The loss of the current centre will be the third civic venue taken from Prescot by Knowsley Council in as many decades. This time, there is no replacement; only a block of changing rooms, a gym and a “multifunction area.”

Read today’s story about the future of Prescot Leisure Centre in the Liverpool Echo.

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