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No pleasure at leisure closure

by Ian Crosson
Issue No. 1912

THE NEW Labour council in Lewisham, south London, has voted for the closure of a much-loved leisure centre—despite opposition from all the other parties on the council.

The council wants to close Ladywell Leisure Centre in 2007 to build a new secondary school.

Campaigners are arguing to find an alternative site for the new school, and to keep Ladywell open until a new centre is built (the council says this will happen by 2010).

Over 60 people came to a meeting last week to launch the campaign to stop the closure.

A good cross-section of the community was present.

This included Respect members, Labour Party members, a Liberal Democrat and a Socialist Party councillor, a representative from the local swimming club and a campaigner from a local parents’ group fighting for a new secondary school in the north of the borough.

People are livid that the leisure centre is to close, as it only reopened last month after a 20-month closure to remove asbestos, costing £1.8 million.

We have done a lot of petitioning outside the leisure centre and have so far got 581 signatures.

The next campaign meeting will be on Thursday 5 August at 7pm in the Generation Room, Ladywell Leisure Centre, Lewisham High Street, SE13.

For more details phone Max on 020 8690 4242 or go to

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Sat 31 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1912
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