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Pools and sports halls could close.

Pools and sports halls could close.

At a town hall meeting last week, Pendle Council in Lancashire heard a solution to a looming £4m deficit may be to close a sports hall or pool.

Councillors told the meeting such a closure would be unacceptable, and urged every effort to keep the borough's three leisure centres open.

Across England, cash-strapped councils are struggling to run and maintain sports centres, say town hall bosses.

The government said it was for councils to decide how to spend their budgets.

But the Local Government Association, representing councils in England, says ministers should commit £400m in next month's Budget to upgrade and renovate leisure facilities.

The cash is crucial to combat major health issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease, it argues.

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