Below is Sheffield City Council’s response to The Star report which was unfortunately published before we were able to provide a response. We were not informed of a publication date.

Sheffield City Council operates a policy with the media where it always aims to respond to media enquiries. However, some media enquiries require considerable time for the information to be verified and checked before being released.

“Urgent financial support of £2.6 million was approved to Sheffield City Trust (SCT), to meet additional costs and lost revenue caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It was essential to act now, to give both the Council and SCT time to develop a solution for these essential and much-loved facilities right across the city. Not only are they crucial to the wellbeing of residents but they are vitally important to the city’s tourism, economy and culture.

“Some difficult decisions will have to be made and the Council is working closely with SCT, other leisure partners in the city and governing bodies such as Sport England and UK Active, to understand and overcome the current challenges and those that lie ahead. Without further support from the Government many facilities will not be able to reopen until the crisis is over.

“Working with partners, a citywide leisure review is already taking place, to make sure Sheffield’s future leisure offer is in a robust position, meeting residents’ needs and supporting active and healthy lifestyles, as we come out of the pandemic.”