Review of Cardiff leisure services must make services ‘better’ for residents

Cardiff Liberal Democrats respond to the announced review of Cardiff’s leisure facilities, provided by GLL, following a 50% fall in attendances since the COVID pandemic began.

Commenting on news that Cardiff Council will be undertaking a review of leisure services, Cardiff Liberal Democrats are challenging the council to work with GLL to make services truly better.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Cardiff Council, Cllr Rhys Taylor said: ‘We welcome the review and believe the council should have an honest look at the contract with GLL and ensure that it delivers for residents in all parts of Cardiff. We recognise that GLL face financial challenges due to the pandemic, a challenge faced by businesses and community groups across Cardiff, but all the stops need to be pulled so services aren't cut.

‘GLL committed to invest in our leisure centres, maintain standards, employ ex-council staff and deliver ‘Better’ services for our residents. Even before Coronavirus, there were problems and they need to be addressed.’

Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate, Cllr Rodney Berman, added: ‘Whilst leisure centres across Wales were forced to close in the initial lockdown and autumn firebreak lockdown, Cardiff leisure centres only partially reopened over the summer. At a time when people were desperate to get back to swimming pools and socially distanced exercise classes, the offer from GLL was very limited reducing the potential income they could generate.

‘We know that people who have chronic health conditions, are unfit or overweight are more likely to have a dangerous episode of Coronavirus and potentially die. It has never been more important to keep our residents fit, active and in good health, and the council needs to ensure that leisure services are accessible across the city.

 ‘Coronavirus is sadly not going away and we need a leisure service that can operate across Cardiff in these challenging times. We hope the Labour council leadership will work with all parties on this review to ensure all areas in the city are represented.’

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