Cascades opening hours to be raised at the council

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The issue of opening hours at Cascades Leisure Centre is to be raised at a meeting of ABC Council this month.

The leisure centre’s frequent closure at holiday periods has been a source of annoyance to users and, at one of the final meetings of Craigavon Council, councillors vowed to bring the concerns to the new council after numerous complaints.

Councillor Carla Lockhart said she intends raising the issue at either the leisure services committee meeting on Monday or the full council later in the month.

Local users have pointed out the disparity between the opening hours in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon centres.

She said, “Banbridge has very good opening hours. In comparison, people are very disgruntled here in Craigavon.

“I don’t think we got it right in Craigavon at the end of the day. Work patterns of people are changing. Not everyone has a 9-5 job and, the more focus there is on health and well-being, the more we need to adapt.”

One member of Cascades, who pays £30 a month to use the facilities, said ratepayers were getting a “raw deal”.

He vented his frustration after Cascades’ closure on the second May bank holiday.

“The centre was closed for two weeks at Christmas, a few days at Easter, the early May Bank Holiday and every Sunday,” he said.

Monday’s meeting of the leisure services committee will also discuss the new-build super pool for Craigavon.