Council intends to reopen leisure centre ‘no later than the end of August’

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Southampton City Council’s Labour administration wants to reopen St Mary’s Leisure Centre “no later than the end of August”, it has announced.

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It will reopen “Subject to the completion of the democratic process” and the council “intends to work closely with the local community and other users of the Centre to design a viable long-term future for the facility”, it said.

St Mary’s was closed last December under the previous Conservative administration. A vocal campaign to reopen it emerged, and 86% of respondents to the council’s consultation said closure would have a negative impact. Labour then took control of the council in the May local elections.

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