• Follow us on Linkedin
Maidstone and Malling's No.1 Newspaper

Maidstone Leisure Centre could benefit from Government cash boost

Tuesday 27th October 2020


A FUNDING package from central Government could help to keep Maidstone Leisure Centre open for local people, according to Conservative MP Helen Whately.
The member for Faversham and the Weald raised concerns about the situation in her Faversham and Mid Kent constituency with the Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, and Local Government Minister, Luke Hall, and called for more support.
She is encouraging local councils to take advantage of an extra £100m of government money to keep the centres open.
Mrs Whately said: "Council services are relied on by some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. In many cases demand for these services has increased, but council revenues have fallen on account of the pandemic.
“The latest announcement takes the total extra support provided to Kent to over £138 million. This funding is helping frontline services like social care, mental health support, and child services to keep going during this difficult time.
“I’m pleased to see a new £100 million fund to help leisure centres across the country has also been announced. It’s crucial we continue to support people’s physical and mental wellbeing in our efforts to control the virus.
“I raised concerns about the future of local leisure centres with Minsters, and I’m pleased to see they have listened. There were concerns that some leisure centres were falling through the cracks of Government support. This new funding should help places like Maidstone Leisure Centre stay open for people to enjoy.”