Auchinleck Leisure Centre's closure could be held off until February, according to a committee set up to reverse the decision.

Auchinleck Leisure Community Committee (ALCC) was set up in the aftermath of EAC's decision to close the facility, announced in October.

The centre was originally due to close completely by the end of November.

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East Ayrshire Council wrote to service users late last month to announce that the closure had been pushed back until after the new year and would potentially happen by the end of January.

However, according to ALCC, the closure could be extended further.

A member of ALCC told the Chronicle they have had notice from the council that there will be a new round of consultation which will then be taken to Cabinet on February 7, meaning the centre cannot close in the meantime as Cabinet would need to consider this consultation. 

It was also previously confirmed to the Chronicle that ALCC has started legal action against EAC, believed to be over the local authority's handling of their decision to close the centre.

A public meeting was held in the centre following EAC's decision to close the centre, as around 100 locals turned up in a bid to reverse the decision.

Speaking about the extension to the closure, a spokesperson for ALCC said: “We welcome the news and would like to thank EAC for giving us an extension on the deadline.

"We are delighted that staff members will hopefully be reinstated in the coming days.

"ALCC are passionate about keeping leisure at the heart of our community and will continue to pursue all avenues we can to keep these vital facilities open in Auchinleck."