Statement on Kidsgrove Sports Centre

Like many of you, I am totally disgusted by the decision of the Tory-run Staffordshire County Council to shut the doors on our Sports Centre in Kidsgrove. I've been working with the Labour Councillors on Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council on alternative provision and a way forward since the Staffordshire Tories first suggested they were going to pull the plug on the pool in the last few weeks.

I can assure you that I won't rest until we have a proper level of leisure and swimming services re-instated in Kidsgrove. However, this may take some time to achieve, so I'm working with Newcastle-under-Lyme Council to ensure interim measures are in place while we develop a business case for a new facility. I will keep local residents informed of developments.

The reality is that we are seeing the true impact of Tory 'austerity' measures on our community, in this case implemented by the Tory administration in Stafford.

​​​​​​​But I'll keep fighting for a new facility and proper provision for Kidsgrove.