Campaign to save John Carroll Leisure Centre after it was earmarked for closure

Radford residents are setting up a campaign to save a leisure centre earmarked for closure by Nottingham City Council.

Concerns have been raised that shutting the John Carroll Leisure Centre in Radford will take away a popular community hub and will mean children and families have nowhere to go.

Nottingham City Council has announced plans to make £15.6 million of new cuts, with around another £7.2 million due to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The local authority has been faced with huge cost pressures from Covid-19, but also from anticipated losses of £38.2 million from the sale of failed Robin Hood Energy.

The council is looking at a number of measures to balance its books including reviewing the future of John Carroll Leisure Centre.

This includes options which could include the transfer or closure of the building.

Residents in Radford told Nottinghamshire Live that crime will rise in the area as a result of the centre closing as it is a ‘community hub’ enjoyed by hundreds of children.

They believe, without it, children will be forced back on the streets rather than enjoying the many advantages the centre brings to the area.

They also believe it is well used by the community.

But the leisure centre, which has a gym and halls where fitness classes and group sports sessions are held, has been described by the city council as the quietest of its eight leisure centres with the largest repair bill.

A campaign is due to be set up shortly with a website already launched by residents who want to save the leisure centre from closure.

The website states: “You may have heard of Nottingham City Council’s plan to close John Carroll Leisure centre. We – a group of current and former Radford residents – are in the early stages of forming a campaign to protest its closure and define its future.

“John Carroll is the last real community facility available in Radford.

“For decades it has served as place where children build the confidence they need to succeed and as sporting facility for under-funded schools.

“It has been a polling centre, a base for political campaigning and a hub for Notts County to inspire local budding sport prospects.

“It has even served as an information and confidence building point for victims of Female Genital Mutilation.

“Most importantly, John Carroll Leisure Centre has served as a meeting place for a diverse range of groups in one of the most deprived and fragile parts of Nottingham.

“It plays an enormous role in fostering co-operation and trust between people.”

You can sign up for the campaign here