To: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6AE and Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX:
We the undersigned are appalled at the sudden announcement of the imminent closure of the north hall at Gosling Sports Park by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), this announcement having come without any consultation or discussion with users and following a lack of investment over several years.
We believe this closure will threaten the future of many local sporting activities, notably for schools and for community-led organisations, given the lack of any similar sized sports facilities in the area. It is particularly untimely given Gosling’s anticipated involvement in the town’s centenary celebrations.
We call on GLL to withdraw the closure notice, and for the Borough Council, which is the owner of the site and custodian of leisure facilities in the Borough, to find a way to guarantee the continued provision of leisure activities on this site.