Bid to stall Southsea’s Pyramids Centre new funding quashed

FUNDED ''The Pyramids Centre in Southsea. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (0000-6510)
FUNDED ''The Pyramids Centre in Southsea. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (0000-6510)
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AN ATTEMPT to stop Portsmouth City Council funding of the Pyramids centre has been lost.

The council had awarded a five-year contract to BH Live to run the seafront leisure centre. It will subsidise the centre by £400,000 rather than £800,000 a year, which is what the previous operator received.

The Labour group opposed the move – asking the council to reconsider its decision.

But yesterday the Overview and Scrutiny Management Panel rejected the attempt eight votes to one.

Portsmouth Labour leader Cllr John Ferrett argued the Lib Dem cabinet did not have enough information to decide.

He said taxpayers were exposed to financial risks.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson is the leader of the city council. He said: ‘It’s reducing the cost to the council by half.

‘There are 140 jobs there and thousands that depend on the visitor economy – why would we shut something down on the seafront?’