The swimming pool, gym and hall in Leisureland, Salthill is to remain open at least until the end of the year, following a financial injection from Galway city council.

The Board of Leisureland has accepted an offer of interim financial assistance from the City Council.

City councillors, earlier this week, voted in favour of a motion to provide €207,000 towards the running costs of the facility.

The money is essentially an advance on next year’s city council funding allocation for the complex and only secures the short-term future of the pool and gym operation.

There had been concerns that the pool would have to close this month, due to the impact of reduced usage numbers, caused by ongoing public health restrictions.

Covid-19 guidelines mean the capacity of the pool has been significantly reduced, with no more than 50 people - including staff and lifeguards - allowed access to the amenity at any one time.

While the additional funding will support operations until the end of December, there are ongoing fears about the long term future of Leisureland.

Latest projections suggest that by next year, revenues will be down by around €1 million on those from 2019.

The Chairman of the Board, Cllr Donal Lyons told Midwest News this lunchtime that the reprieve is welcome  - but he is encouraging more people, even with limited numbers, to use the facilities.

 

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