Cash cut at leisure centre

Bosses at Belper Leisure Centre have stepped in to ensure that no services will be cut after councillors slashed funding by nearly a half.

Concerns were raised three months ago that clubs such as Belper Marlin and various sports sessions could be axed after Amber Valley Borough Council proposed a reduction to the centre’s annual grant.

And following a full council meeting this week the authority’s contribution was cut from £190,000 to £100,000 for the next two years.

However, following the decision leisure centre manager Neil Malenoir has vowed the venue’s services will be maintained by digging into its own reserves and finding new ways of generating money.

Mr Malenoir said: “Belper Leisure Centre Ltd is prepared to continue to operate under different funding arrangements.

“We’re looking at ways to develop our income streams. We will try to ensure that all our services are maintained. As a company we have had to look at it positively. It’s a two -year deal and it’s nice to be looking at it in a positive way.

“Our funding has been cut significantly over the last three years and that does make it difficult. The local authority has had its own funding cut. However, we have been able to engage with the council and find a way of continuing to provide services.