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Atheron Leisure centre fightback

by Simon Shaw
Issue No. 2277

Newham Council, the host borough for the Olympic games, plan to celebrate the event by closing the closest leisure centre to the £9.3 billion Olympic park.

The council is not prepared to find the £250,000 to make it safe. Last year 240,000 visits were made to the Atherton leisure centre. And 98 percent of its users come from Newham—the 11th poorest borough in Britain.

The campaign has collected nearly 4,000 signatures to its petition and has received widespread media coverage.

Around 120 people came to a public meeting on Friday of last week to save the centre. The audience was diverse—including architects, vicars, UK Uncut activists, and some residents who remember the centre opening in the early 1930s. Equally impressive was the range of campaign ideas that people put forward.

Many speakers made the link between the attack on our leisure centre and the attack on our pensions. And the council is pursuing those who rioted in the summer while continuing to attack services that young people rely on.

Save Atheron Leisure Centre is at

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Tue 8 Nov 2011, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2277
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