Stop Link4life Cutting Facilities and Staff at Rochdale Leisure Centre.
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Stop Link4life cutting facilities and staff at Rochdale Leisure Centre.
in 2012 Link4Life and Rochdale Council invested £11 million in a new leisure centre for Rochdale. The leisure centre is a flagship building for all of Rochdale's community offering an affordable membership scheme and access to the best facilities including 2 swimming pools a dance studio, a large gym, health suite, sports hall and a regular fitness class studio.
The centre is at the heart of the community and is used by many people living and working in the town. The up to date facilities and welcoming staff have a direct affect on the wellbeing of the users. It's widely acknowledged Rochdale's Adult and Child health is below the average for the country, the investment in the leisure centre has motivated users to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. Further, the friendly nature of staff at the centre encourages users to take part and socialise, reducing social isolation and encouraging integration between a variety of cultures and communities.
In January 2018 Link4Life announced cuts across it's services- this has already had a direct effect on the running of Rochdale Leisure Centre. Frequently members and users are being given limited access to facilities, including use of just half the swimming pool. As a result there is overcrowding in the limited space available to swim. Those who use the pool to train cannot swim lengths easily, families are limited in the area they can play and nervous swimmers are left feeling intimidated by the cramped conditions.
We demand that Link4life review the changes being implemented at the Leisure Centre. A lack of staff means users are not getting a full and positive experience. Half a pool is not enough to cater for all, an understaffed gym leaves users more at risk of injury. Less cleaning staff will result in rapid deterioration of facilities.
Further, members pay from £22.99- £30 pm for use of all facilitates, not an unpredictable timetable generated by cost cutting measures.
Deprived towns such as Rochdale needs places such as the leisure centre to provide stability, purpose and aspiration to it's users, reducing staff and facilities is an appalling reflection on how Link4Life view the town and it's community.
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