Cafes at three leisure centres across the district which were due to close down this weekend have been given a temporary three-month reprieve.
Bradford Council took a budget decision in February to save £40,000 a year by closing the cafes at three authority-run venues – Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Odsal, the Leisure Centre in Keighley and Shipley Pool. They intended to close them from June 10 and install extra vending machines selling a wider variety of goods – hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, salads and home baking.
But following a campaign to save the Richard Dunn cafe by groups that use it and MPs, which also gained the backing of the boxing legend himself, the Council has agreed to look at other options at all three loss-making cafes.
They’re running scared. If they can U-turn for fear of 5 Respect councillors and only one MP, think what’ll happen when we increase those numbers. Start planning for the next local and general elections now!