Nearly all council-owned leisure centres in Stockport staying closed for now

The majority of council-owned leisure centres in Stockport are to remain closed for now.

Stockport council issued a statement earlier this week saying it was keen for leisure centres to reopen, and thanked residents for being patient.

However no further details, or dates for when centres might eventually reopen, have been provided.

The council has been asked why it is not in a position to reopen all leisure centres yet, but has yet to explain.

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At present, only the gym and class studio facilities at two sites, Stockport Sports Village in Woodley and Houldsworth Village in Reddish, are open to the public.

None of the borough’s council run pools are open. 

The town’s council-owned leisure facilities are managed by charitable trust Life Leisure on behalf of the local authority.

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The council statement reads: “Stockport Council and Life Leisure have been working closely together since the closure of council-owned leisure centres in March 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Both the Council and Life Leisure are keen for centres to reopen as quickly as possible, with customer safety uppermost in our minds.

“We thank residents and Life Leisure members for their patience at this time and further details will be provided as soon as we are able to do so”.

Gyms were given the go ahead by the government to reopen from July 25 as long as they operated with strict safety measures in place.

Leisure facilities across the rest of Greater Manchester began phased re-openings with new safety measures from the end of July, although a number of facilities in some boroughs do remain closed.

|Ma Evening Post