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Statement by Councillor Mary Lea



Councillor Mary Lea (Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure) reported that there had been considerable discussion with regard to Ponds Forge Sports and Leisure Centre, following the decision of the Sheffield City Trust not to re-open the facility, the issues of which had been discussed by Members of the Cabinet, which had met and had requested officers to submit a report to the Cabinet meeting to be held on 23rd September 2020, with regard to proposals to re-open the facility.  Councillor Lea stated that she was pleased to announce that the Council would approve the transfer of £16.5 million to Sheffield City Trust, which would enable Ponds Forge to re-open.  She stated that Ponds Forge was an iconic building with a long history of sporting excellence, particularly regarding watersports, but stressed, however, that it would not be possible to re-open the facility unless it was opened to all members of the public.