Brentwood Council issued the following statement this evening:
“The Brentwood Leisure Trust ceased trading today and closed the Brentwood Centre and community halls. Brentwood Borough Council is committed to ensuring the Brentwood Leisure Centre and halls can open to residents as soon as possible and is working towards achieving this goal.
“Brentwood Borough Council is a publicly funded local government authority and there are various legal rules and regulations that means the Council cannot lawfully provide any further monetary, or other assistance that would give them an advantage in the market, to the Trust.
“The trust has run the centre since 2004, but has faced considerable additional financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are difficult times for the leisure industry but the council and its officers are working hard to re-open the centre and the community halls as soon as possible.
“The council is priroitising the mobilisation of services to safeguard valuable health and wellbeing services for our residents and for the Brentwood Leisure Trust staff affected by its decision.
“As such the council is requesting existing employees or any current service provider or business at the centre or at the community halls (Bishops Hall, Hutton Poplars, Hutton Poplars Lodge, Merrymeade House, Nightingale Centre and WillowbrookHall) to call 01277 312500 for further information.”