Prescot Leisure Centre: Last Chance to Oppose Plans

By on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Campaigners against the closure of Prescot Leisure Centre are urging residents to make a last-minute appeal to Knowsley Council.

Prescotians are invited to attend the KMBC Planning Committee on Thursday, 18 August, to raise their objections to the plans. Despite last year’s community “consultation”, in which the majority voted to upgrade the present facilities, the council has vowed to press ahead with plans to demolish Prescot Leisure Centre and replace it with smaller, pitch-side facilities.

Thursday’s meeting takes place at 6pm in the Council Chamber at Knowsley Council Offices, in Huyton.

10 Comments

  1. Jenn

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    To be fair, I do actually believe that Prescot Leisure SHOULD be shut down and completely rebuilt. The whole place has been falling apart for years now.

    I used to rent a sports hall there three times a week for many years, and the prices they were charging for the condition of the room were unbelievable.

    There are holes all around the walls, smashed and boarded up windows, peeling paint, visible asbestos, chained and padlocked fire exits… These were just a few of the reasons I got out of there.

    Verdict? Knock it down.

  2. Scott

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    As I recall the Liberals made this their only election issue in Prescot during last May’s local elections. The results at those elections tell you how bothered people are about ‘saving’ Prescot Leisure Centre.

  3. prescotonline

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Jenn, you’re right that the current building is in poor condition. Refurbishing it to current standards was presented as an option, but KMBC decided against it. The replacement may be a lot newer, but it’s much smaller, and as a community space it’s much less adequate. It was the nearest thing Prescot had to a civic hall.

    Scott, surely the local election results were really about the national Lib Dems?

    • denise

      Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:40 am

      Jenn I totally agree and actually if the leisure centre had been maintained during the years under lib dem maybe it would not have had to be closed.
      The condition of the building I agree was quite appalling and as it was so bad it left Knowsley Council no option as the money required to bring it back up to a good standard was just too much.

      Let us look forward to a new era for Prescot now

      • Carl

        Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 9:00 am

        Denise, the year the Lib Dems took over from Labour in Prescot KMBC stopped funding the Leisure Centre. You where only elected on the back of Shaun Woodwards big bank roll in Prescot. It’s a disgrace what has happend to Prescot, you need to open your eyes and realise that. £1.4 million was promised to Prescotians for an UPGRADE AND REFURBISHMENT during the 2010 agreed budget. Now we barely get £1 million and a tin hut in it’s place.

        • Dave

          Friday, August 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

          The local hockey club used the pitches and facilities regularly but the changing facilities and bar area are poor and have got a lot worse in recent years.
          We even offered to re-decorate and re-mark the carpark because it was embarrassing when visiting teams attended (especially large tournaments). Neither the centre staff, Knowsley Council or the Town Council did much to improve the look of the facility. How can anyone not want to pick up litter, clean the showers or paint the windows?
          Yes, it should be re-built like for like but that was never going to happen as it appears to have become a political issue which screws everyone in Prescot.
          A pity as Prescot Hockey Club may have to move (again) if league rules dictate facilities need to be of a certain standard.
          At least the pitches got rebuilt rather than a housing estate!

        • denise

          Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

          Carl I think it is you who needs to open your eyes.
          I did not get elected on the back of Shaun’s “big bank Roll” I got elected because the people believed they needed a new era in Prescot and that is exactly what they will get.

          The disgrace is the way the Leisure Centre has been left to rot when Liberal Democrats were in control.
          They should hold your heads in shame – tut tut

          • Carl

            Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

            Yeak ok, you believe that Denise.

            Before you offer a rebuttal, check the words that your typing. Your last sentence makes no sense. ‘They should hold your heads in shame’implying that a group of people are holding my many heads in shame???

            Simple question. What have you done for Prescot?

          • Joanne

            Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

            Not a very professional answer there Denise!
            You had a perfect chance to rally support and all you did was whinge about the last suckers in charge! (nothing new there then!)
            All we want is to be treated fairly in Prescot since we do actually pay tax out of our own wages!
            I learnt to swim in scotchbarn , trampolining, rollerskating and yoga in the sports center. All within walking distance (healthy, free and Eco friendly). So, now what? Let’s all jump in the gas guzzler to Huyton!

            Just like the building work off Knowsley park lane, nobody wanted it, we all voted against it, one poor gent paid with his mental health, the rest with their house prices, but it still went ahead because you lot (who by the way don’t even live here) decided “that’s whats best”.

            I just wonder where the back handers are coming from?
            I know typing this will make no difference, but hey it can’t do any harm!

  4. Alison

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    What about Community groups? I attended Huyton & Prescot PHAB Club at the Leisure Centre for years. It was accessible for wheelchairs and many of our members have mobility problems. Now we have to look for other suitable premises. We also befriended the staff who were very accommodating and who have now lost their jobs.

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