Pottery studio to close

I was surprised and shocked to hear that the pottery and other art studios at Stevenage Leisure Centre are to be closed at the beginning of April. I understand that this is because of a cut in funding from the borough council. This seems to have happened

I was surprised and shocked to hear that the pottery and other art studios at Stevenage Leisure Centre are to be closed at the beginning of April.

I understand that this is because of a cut in funding from the borough council.

This seems to have happened with no consultation or publicity.

The pottery studio in particular is a unique community facility, and if closed, would be expensive and difficult to replace and re-equip.

For over 30 years, children's and adult classes have been run at the leisure centre. Many people have gained a lifelong interest in pottery and sculpture from attending these classes.

For me and others attending the Leisure 50 pottery classes, this will be a great loss, but it is also a loss to the cultural life of the town. The Leisure Centre has been a cultural centre for the town since its inception. It would be a great shame if it were to become solely a sports centre.

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MARILYN DODDS, Cromwell Road, Stevenage