OUTRAGE over plans to close Gosport’s leisure centre months before it was due to shut has prompted an emergency council meeting.
The town’s Labour councillors have forced a debate on the early closure of the Holbrook Recreation Centre in Forest Way.
But it will take place only four days before the building is due to close.
Now people are being urged to turn up and have a say on the plans.
The council says the building has to be shut down early because the roof over the pool is unsafe.
But staff and customers at the centre say there is nothing wrong with it.
Labour leader for Gosport Councillor Dennis Wright said: ‘I’m pleased the meeting is to be called so we can air our concerns.
‘But the only problem is the fact it’s been left so late that it leaves not very much time before the closure.
‘I can’t see it’s going to help but it means we can voice our concerns and ask questions.’
Gosport’s five-strong group of Labour councillors applied last week for an urgent meeting to discuss the closure.
The council confirmed yesterday it will take place at the Town Hall on June 26 at 6pm.
Cllr Wright added: ‘The reason we wanted a meeting is because it was not a decision taken by any board of the council.
‘Members of the council across all parties have been receiving calls from people wanting to know what the situation is.’
As reported in The News, staff at the leisure centre were also told they were to be made redundant when the centre closes on June 30.
The council says recent bad weather has damaged the roof of the building and it is not safe for the public.
A petition calling for a U-turn on the decision has received more than 500 signatures.
Those who want to have a say on the closure plans are allowed to speak at the meeting.
Anyone who wishes to make a deputation should call the council’s democratic services department on (023) 9254 5651.
You must complete a form, have it signed by 10 people, and return it to the council by midday on Friday.