Great Dunmow Leisure Centre and Lord Butler Fitness and Leisure Centre in Saffron Walden set to benefit from over £150,000 from the Government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund.
Swimming is a valuable life skill for people of all ages and is extremely beneficial for people’s mental and physical wellbeing.
The Conservative Government’s investment of £20 million in swimming pools and leisure facilities across England means that 196 leisure centres and swimming pools in 103 local authorities will benefit from boosted funding, supporting over 23 million swims a year – including in our constituency.
The Swimming Pool Support Fund was first announced at the March Budget. This first £20 million of funding is going to the swimming pools and leisure centres most at risk of closure or significant service reduction, and will be used to help with the recent rise in energy costs, such as paying towards immediate maintenance costs, heating, and pool chemicals.
The Government is continuing to deliver the long-term health facilities to support opportunities for people to get fit and healthy, helping to cut obesity rates and get millions more people active.
Commenting, Mrs Badenoch said:
“Leisure centres and pools are vitaI to help residents stay fit and healthy, and I am aware of the challenges faced by swimming pools and leisure facilities due to increased operating costs.
“Which is why I welcome the allocation of over £150,000 to support leisure centres in Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow, as part of a £20 million fund dedicated to enhancing swimming pools and leisure facilities nationwide.
“This investment aims to safeguard these facilities, ensuring they can manage increased costs, enabling residents to stay active.”