End of an era as shuts
The long-term future for staff at Burnhill Sports Centre remains unclear, union chiefs have said on the eve of the centre’s closure.
Three leisure attendants who work at the Burnhill centre learned in February they would be redeployed when South Lanarkshire Councillors agreed to close the facility tomorrow, March 31.
Part of the 2016/17 budget, the move is expected to save the local authority £88,000 over the next two years.
Stephen Smellie, of the South Lanarkshire branch of Unison, said the centre’s three members of staff were last week told where they would be located, but said these placements were temporary.
“Obviously closures like this are unsettling,” Mr Smellie said.
“This is an on-going process. There is a good number of people across the leisure trust and the council who are in a similar situation.
“What we have confirmed with the trust and the council is there are no redundancies, people will have their earnings protected and they will have employment. It may take time to get them into permanent posts but their salaries are protected.”
Mr Smellie admitted morale across the public sector was low as local authorities make more cuts with every budget they set.
He said staff were increasingly stressed at work as they faced an ever- growing workload.
“All that is putting more pressure on staff as we continue to pay for austerity as the rich continue to do alright,” he added.
A spokeswoman for South Lanarkshire Council told the Reformer last week that it was currently discussing new work locations with staff at Burnhill Sports Centre.
Gerry Campbell, general manager of South Lanarkshire Council, said: “We would like to thank all the staff and community groups that have supported the centre over the years.
“We are working with our customers to find alternative facilities for them to use. We have excellent facilities at Lifestyle Eastfield and Fernhill Community Centre which we hope our customers will visit and continue to use and enjoy the facilities provided by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture.”
South Lanarkshire Council said earlier this year the number of people attending Burnhill Sports Centre - an average of 50 per day - was not enough to make it financially viable, stating the building needed significant investment to remain operational.
Unsustainable South Lanarkshire Council says the centre needs big investment