Knighton Leisure Centre looks set to be kept open for at least another 12 months. Powys County Council have consulted on closing it, but now say they have found funding for next year's budget.
It follows a strong public campaign, and a public meeting in early November in which the Council said: "The settlement from the Welsh Government was better than we thought so hopefully now we can come up with a positive proposal regarding Knighton Leisure Centre".
Through a funding floor, Kirsty Williams prioritised the funding of rural councils in negotiations with the Welsh Government.
Reacting to the news, Kirsty said:
“The news is of course welcome, and a good first step”.
“I am particularly pleased to see the benefits of the Council funding floor I negotiated with the Welsh Government. The Council hinted at this outcome at the meeting in early November, saying: “the settlement from the Welsh Government was better than we thought so hopefully now we can come up with a positive proposal regarding Knighton Leisure Centre”. I am glad to see this was followed through”.
“Of course, the credit goes to the community for such a forceful campaign. The need for the leisure centre to stay open was made very clear to me, whether in correspondence or at meetings and protests. The Council identified the public support for the Leisure Centre in the consultation period and that appears to have been key”.
“This is a short-term reprieve, and I will continue to work with the community to work out the best option going forward”.