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20/09/2021

Calls on council to review Derry's leisure centre opening hours

shauna cusack
SDLP Councillor Shauna Cusack has called on senior council officials to review the opening times of Templemore Sports Complex and Foyle Arena especially over Bank Holidays. Cllr Cusack said: "I have received numerous requests from the public regarding the reason and rationale behind either of these facilities being closed on the majority of Bank Holidays, when people claim they most want to use them. "This was particularly brought to light in May by council’s bank holiday holiday circular which showed all of Strabane’s leisure centres open on these days but not Derry. "Currently the council operates a policy which alternates the opening of either Templemore or the Foyle Arena annually. "I have requested this be reviewed as soon as possible as these holidays are an ideal time for individuals and families to enjoy the facilities they actually pay for. I do not think it’s reasonable for a family from the cityside for example to be expected to travel to the Waterside and vice versa, when they possibly have centres on their doorsteps. We must also consider the feasibility of this journey for many. "As a council we should be doing all we can to encourage and facilitate the public in perusing healthy and active lifestyles have many schemes which do just that. It therefore makes sense that we adapt to the needs of the public and be receptive to any suggestion which encourages more users into our centres."

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