Committee to Hear Complaints against Knowsley’s Prescot Plans

By on Friday, November 5, 2010

Councillor Ian SmithLib Dem councillors in Knowsley have been given a chance to protest Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s decision to close Prescot Leisure Centre and replace it with smaller pitch-side facilities.

The plan, which was agreed unanimously by KMBC’s cabinet last month, would deprive Prescot of its third civic centre in as many decades, leaving Prescot Town Council and several community groups homeless.

Prescot’s Liberal Democrat councillors have charged KMBC with going back on earlier plans to upgrade the present centre. They also say residents were misled about the proposals at a consultation held in October.

Knowsley’s Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee has responded to councillors’ concerns by giving them the chance to air their views. If successful, the matter will be brought back to the cabinet or full council for debate.

“It is not Knowsley Council’s role to mislead people,” said Councillor Ian Smith, who has been outspoken in support of the leisure centre. “Councillor Marjorie Sommerfield will present our case to the Scrutiny Committee on Monday.”

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