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Keighley Leisure Centre operated at a £838,000 loss in 2022-23

Monday, 4 March 2024 21:47

By Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter & Stuart Clarkson, Rombalds Radio

Bradford Council-run leisure and sports facilities across Keighley and Ilkley made a loss of more than £1m last year - according to the authority's own figures.

Details of the income and outgoings of council leisure centres have been revealed as the authority plans to make cuts to services across the district in the coming years.

The council’s efforts to reduce costs has led to a review of its in-house leisure services – with details of cuts expected to be announced later this year.

Bradford Council’s Executive will discuss the review at a meeting on Tuesday (5th March), where members will hear details of which facilities bring in the most income, and which require the biggest subsidies to run.

A report shows that none of the authority’s leisure centres operate at a profit – and last year the taxpayer subsidies to keep the centres running centres ranged from £129,000 for the Marley Activity Centre on the outskirts of Keighley to a huge £838,000 for Keighley Leisure Centre - which cost £1.7m to run in the 2022/23 financial year but only brought in income of £929k.

Ilkley Pool and Lido made a loss of £280,000.

Visitor numbers to each facility during the same period (April 2022 to March 2023) are also detailed, with Marley Activity Centre receiving 75,737 visits, Ilkley Pool and Lido seeing 158,210 visits and The Leisure Centre, Keighley recording 249,972 visits.

The report says: “Effectively the council will require re-shaping to become affordable within the resources that are available.

“Therefore, there will be a reduction in the level of services provided and the number of staff employed by the council.

“As a result, whilst the council is fully aware of the savings that have already been made to sports facilities previously, and would not wish to reduce services further, the financial situation outlined above means that further reductions are – regrettably – necessary and required.

“The strategic review of sports facilities will deliver savings of £60,000 in 2024/25 and further savings £1,250,000 in 2025/6.

“An important point to reinforce is that the sports facilities service is non-statutory, although the council’ swimming pools do deliver swimming lessons as a national curriculum activity to 142 Bradford schools.”

The report includes a breakdown of the income and expenditure for each leisure centre, and how much subsidy is required to make up the shortfall....

  • Baildon Recreation Centre – £37,000 income, £180,000 expenditure, meaning the subsidy for that year was £143,000.
  • Bingley Pool (the pool shut in 2020, but the gym remains open) – £58,000 income, £365,000 expenditure, £307,000 subsidy.
  • Bowling Swimming Pool and Gym – £301,000 income, £806,000 expenditure, £505,000 subsidy.
  • Eccleshill Swimming Pool – £469,000 income, £1,298,000 expenditure, £829,000 subsidy.
  • Ilkley Pool and Lido – £907,000 income, £1,187,000 expenditure, £280,000 subsidy.
  • Manningham Sports Centre – £87,000 income, £323,000 expenditure, £236,000 subsidy.
  • Marley Activity and Coaching Centre (Keighley) – £50,000 income, £179,000 expenditure, £129,000 subsidy.
  • Sedbergh Sports and Leisure Centre – £1,672,000 income, £2,151,000 expenditure, £479,000 subsidy.
  • Shipley Pool and Gym – £692,000 income, £1,322,000 expenditure, £630,000 subsidy.
  • Keighley Leisure Centre – £929,000 income, £1,767,000 expenditure, £838,000 subsidy.
  • Thornton Recreation Centre – £223,000 income, £403,000 expenditure, £180,000 subsidy.

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