SNP WELCOME LABOUR SUPPORT FOR ‘SAVE THE TIME CAPSULE’ CAMPAIGN

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Local MSP calls for North Lanarkshire Leisure to ‘rule out’ reduction to opening hours

SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, has welcomed the announcement from the Leader of North Lanarkshire Council – Labour Councillor Jim Logue – that the administration would not support a reduction in hours at the Time Capsule in Coatbridge.

Responding to a question from SNP Councillor Fergus MacGregor at Thursday’s meeting of the council, Councillor Logue said:

‘There are no plans to change the opening hours of the Time Capsule…[following completion of refurbishment works, the facility] will fully reopen in time for the Spring Break’

The announcement from the Leader of the Council came after a petition to stop the change of hours was signed by over one thousand local people in just a few days.

With the decision lying in the hands of the North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) board, and not the council administration, Mr MacGregor has called on NLL to clarify its position in full.

Commenting, Fulton MacGregor said:

‘I welcome this announcement from the Council Leader that his administration will not support any move from NLL to reduce the opening hours of the Time Capsule.

‘While Labour claim that this campaign is based on speculation, it is clear from the letter sent to me by NLL that change is on their agenda. I made sure that people had access to the Managing Director’s response so they could draw their own conclusions. Labour need to stop treating the public with contempt and acknowledge that this is a very real threat to a treasured facility in Coatbridge.

‘Given the clear support for keeping the facility open seven days, both from the public and politicians, it is time for North Lanarkshire Leisure to once and for all rule out any change.’

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