A leisure centre has been given a major cash boost to keep it open.

Hastings Borough Council has secured a Sports England Swimming Pool Support Fund grant of £98,475 to help with operational costs at Summerfields Leisure Centre.

The centre has been awarded the funding to help combat the rising costs of utility bills and swimming pool chemicals.

More than 100 other local authorities have also received a share of the £20 million fund to keep their swimming pools and leisure centres open amid increased operating costs.


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The council has also applied for capital funding from Sports England to introduce environmental measures, which include rooftop solar panels, to combat climate change and reduce ongoing energy costs.

Summerfields Leisure Centre is managed by Freedom Leisure in partnership with Hastings Borough Council.

Toby Reed, Freedom Leisure area manager, said: “As a result of the energy crisis, we as an organisation have seen our energy bills more than double and although this additional funding will help, it remains a challenge to maintain swimming pools across the UK and we would encourage as many residents as possible to continue to use and support their local community swimming pools.”