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 www.londonpoolscampaign.com/ladywell