Nearly two thirds of leisure centres are outdated and need urgent new investment from government, the Local Government Association reveals today.
New figures, shared with the LGA by Sport England, show that up to 63 per cent of sports halls and swimming pools are more than 10 years old. Nearly a quarter of all sports halls and swimming pools have not been refurbished in more than 20 years.
Central government funding for leisure infrastructure reduced by a third over the last decade. The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling on government to use the forthcoming
All council-owned libraries have closed because of the coronavirus outbreak but residents are still able to access digital library resources.
Councils are providing additional online access to resources under the hashtag #LibrariesFromHome, extending online memberships for no extra fee, and all fines incurred as a result of the closures will be waived.
As a result there has been a boom in new digital users. For example, Hampshire County Council has seen a 770 per cent increase in new digital users, Cornwall Council a 630 per cent increase and Hertfordshire County Council an increase of
“Councils are doing everything they can to protect youth services but funding pressures and rising demand for other services means they have had to reduce spending on youth services by more than half since 2010."
Responding to the VisitBritain/VisitEngland annual review on tourism spending in Britain, which revealed that visitors spent £951 million in the last financial year as a result of VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s investment, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:
“Councils play a crucial role in leading and creating a thriving visitor economy, but it is important they are properly resourced. “As the biggest investors in place, council cultural services, as well as planning, business support, highways and environmental health are fundamental to