Victoria Leisure Centre has also played host to various popular local events including Boxing, Wrestling and an annual local real-ale festival, and hosts meetings of the Victoria Park Tenants' and Residents' Association.
Council's executive board are expected to finalise a decision on March the 18th, before accelerating toward an Easter-time closure. A 'customer care' package is proposed to alleviate concerns about the health implications of removing facilities from an area with a below average life expectancy. The basis of this is to offer centre users five vouchers for sports sessions at other leisure centres and refunded bus tickets.
The Post's story prompted a barrage of comments and uproar from residents, who have begun a campaign to prevent the closure.