The Head of Community Development and Leisure presented the above report, previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to seek Members’ approval for a partial closure of Templemore Sports Complex (TSC) gym area for 6 days to facilitate the installation of new gym equipment.
Councillor Tierney highlighted the need for Gym Members to be made aware of this unavoidable closure in advance and for details of other facilities and timetables of the additional classes which had been arranged to be communicated well.
Alderman Thompson indicated his support for the necessary works to be carried out and queried if the timing of the closure had been fully considered.
Alderman Hussey raised concerns surrounding the uniformity of opening and closing times around leisure facilities within the district.
In response to Members questions the Head of Community Development and Leisure confirmed that all tier 1 facilities would have the same opening times and that tier 2 facilities would be operated on a needs and affordability basis. He confirmed that arrangements for alternative gym facilities and additional classes would be communicated in advance and that research had been carried out in relation to the total footfall of gym users during Easter week.
Recommended That Members approve the partial closure of TSC gym area from 21 April 2019 to 26 April 2019 to facilitate the installation of new gym equipment.