Edinburgh council-owned sports centres, swimming pools and pitches which could face closure have been revealed.

Portobello Swim Centre and pitches at Meggetland Sports Complex are among Edinburgh Leisure venues included on a ‘closure list’ of potential venues which could be affected if additional council funding is not found.

Across the eight facilities at risk there are 160 people currently employed, with 85 full time and 75 part time staff members.

The arms-length organisation is facing a £3.6m black hole in its finances due to increased energy costs, inflation and other factors such as the introduction of non-domestic rates on pitches.

CEO June Peebles has said she “fears for public leisure services” amid the grim financial backdrop. While being “committed” to keeping “all our venues open,” she said there were “no easy solutions”.

The stark list – included in a ‘2024/25 financial planning’ presentation to Edinburgh Leisure’s board under the heading ‘venue closures’ and shared with the Local Democracy Reporting Service – sets out the potential closures which would save just under £2m in a bid to bridge the gap.

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