30th May 2022
The cost of living crisis will force 9 in 10 public swimming pools to cut opening hours and staff as heating bills soar.
This is concerning, with only one community pool currently serving Kingston at present.
Disability charity, Sense, said this change will have a disproportionate impact on disabled people, who will miss out on vital exercise & therapy. Community leisure is a key to tackling health inequalities.
UKActive, an organisation who work to improve the health of the nation who ran the survey, described the situation as ‘stark’ and predicted that without government assistance there would be permanent closures.
This adds to further concerns over the future of Kingston’s public leisure facilities.
What does this mean for provision at the Malden Centre?
Kingston Labour has contacted the council to find out if there are any plans to reduce hours and staff, and what consideration has been given to the future of the Kingfisher development.
Labour’s Pat Dobson says : “The Government needs to act fast and secure the support, prevent the closure of local pools or the sale of pubic owned facilities to private companies.”