Meeting over leisure centre

A PUBLIC meeting is to take place concerning the future of Neilston leisure centre.

East Renfrewshire council have scheduled the meeting to take place at Glen Hall in Neilston at 7.15pm on January 10.

The meeting will take place a week before elected members of the council meet to discuss a report on the centre based on a survey of the work needing done and the results of a detailed consultation with leisure centre customers, Neilston Development Trust and Neilston community council.

Senior officers from the ERC leisure team will be on hand at the meeting to talk through the options on the future of the centre that will be detailed in the report.

The centre was closed in August amid worries concerning its air conditioning and the pool’s circuklation system.

Councillor Ken McKinlay, head of service at East Renfrewshire council, said: “The council’s decision to close the centre was precautionary and taken purely to remove risk to the public.

“The air-handling system in the centre needs to be replaced and there was a possibility of other maintenance issues due to the age of the building.

“Given the issues highlighted, it was prudent to close the building and look at all the issues.

“The report going to Cabinet on January 17 will set out a number of option.

“Once the councillors have considered the report, we will get involved in more detailed consultation and put forward a timetable for the centre opening.”