Following a series of meetings held between Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), the Save Gosling Campaign Committee (SGCC) and Grant Shapps MP over the last few weeks, an agreement has been reached to keep parts of the threatened Sports Hall at Gosling Sports Park open for up to five years.

The SGCC, a local group dedicated to keeping the hall open for the community’s use, have put forward a business plan which will allow them to take control of parts of the Sports Hall for up to 5 years. 

To allow the SGCC time to finalise the legal documentation with GLL, the two parties agreed that the hall would remain open on its current timetable until the end of September, although it is likely that the arrangements for SGCC’s business plan will be finalised before then. 

Speaking of the successful talks, a spokesperson for the SGCC said:

“We are delighted to announce that in recent discussions, GLL and SGCC have agreed business plans for the future of the sports hall and squash courts up to 5 years. In order to discuss and finalise legal documentation, GLL have agreed to extend the current arrangements until the 30th of September 2019. 

“We are grateful for the support we have received from Grant as the local MP, and we feel that he has been instrumental in keeping the hall open.”

GLL posted the following announcement on their website: 

“We are delighted to announce that following successful discussions, GLL and the Save Gosling Campaign Committee have reached an agreement that guarantees the operation of Gosling’s Sports Hall and squash courts for up to 5 years, starting this autumn. While contract documentation is finalised, The Sports Hall will continue to provide the current activity programme and opening times until the end of September 2019.”

Grant will continue to work with the SGCC to get the best outcome for the community, and will press GLL to ensure that the users of the hall are put first.