Councillors in North Warwickshire are calling for more to be done to halt the decline in sports centre usage in the Borough.
Labour Councillors on North Warwickshire Borough Council are calling for the Council to do more after official figures showed over 50,000 fewer visits to the four centres in 2016 than the year before.
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“This decline in usage is worrying. The Council should be aiming to get as many people active as possible and whilst sports centres are not the only way to stay fit, this steep decline should be a concern to everyone.
“The Conservative Council don’t have a great record when it comes to our sports centres. They tried to close Arley and now we’re seeing a huge drop in usage. In contrast, the last Labour Council, built a brand-new sports centre in Coleshill.
“Keeping fit and staying active is vital, particular for a population that is living longer. Figures show health outcomes could be better in North Warwickshire and our sports centres could be a way for the Council to help enable local people to become healthier.
“In nearby Nuneaton and Bedworth they have a wide range of free activities for certain groups. We don’t have that in North Warwickshire. It’s about time the Council started to look at how we can use the public assets we have to widen the opportunities for local people to get fit.”
You can see the figures for the last 8 years here.