Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Members will consider a report next week recommending a long term lease is offered to 4SLC to take over Stocksbridge Leisure Centre. 4SLC is a community action group that has been operating the centre for several months. It now seeks approval to enter into a long term agreement to operate it for the next 25 years.

The report is being considered by the Council’s Cabinet Members on June 18. The leisure centre is charitable, so the Council will decide on the lease in its capacity as charitable trustees. The lease will then require approval from the Charity Commission.

The Council had to withdraw funding from Stocksbridge Leisure Centre in 2013 due to major cuts in Council spending. However, 4SLC has subsequently re-opened the sports hall, fitness suite, squash courts and bowls hall.

If both the Council and the Charity Commission support the granting of a lease, 4SLC will be in a stronger position to draw down grants to refurbish the centre and develop activity programmes.

Cllr Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said:

“4SLC has done a tremendous job to re-open the facility under community management. I’m confident that the lease will be approved by the trustees next week and subsequently by the Charity Commission and that this will further strengthen the group’s position to successfully operate the facility for many years to come.”