FALMOUTH'S MP has launched a survey into the future of Ships and Castles leisure centre after it was threatened with closure.

Recently, Cornwall Council launched a consultation on the future of some of the leisure centres in Cornwall, including Ships and Castles in Falmouth.

Since then an action group, Falmouth Needs a Public Swimming Pool, has been set up to try and save the centre or create an entirely new pool.

The company that runs the leisure centres, GLL, recently told Cornwall Council that it could no longer afford to do so unless the council subsidised them. This led to the county council running a consultation on whether to close them or not.

Launching her own consultation Mrs Mackrory said: "Cornwall Council do not run leisure services in Cornwall. They haven’t since 2014.

"Currently, GLL deliver leisure services in Cornwall. It is them who are claiming that Ships and Castles does not make any profit and it is them who have approached Cornwall Council to say plug the gaps, or we will have to close. As a result of this, Cornwall Council have launched their consultation."

She says her survey is completely independent of Cornwall Council’s consultation, and asks people to fill in both.

"What I hope to achieve from my survey is to get a sense of local feeling towards Ships and Castles so that I can then make representations to Cornwall Council as part of the consultation," she said. "This survey will guide my response as the local Member of Parliament.

"I will always do whatever I can to help and to do that I felt a survey on the issue would be the best course of action in the first instance following Cornwall Council’s announcement.

"Therefore please complete my survey and share it far and wide. The more responses the better.

"If anyone requires a paper copy of the survey then my office would be more than happy to send you one.

The survey closes at 5pm on Friday October 22.

You can complete the survey here: https://www.cherilynmackrory.org.uk/ships-and-castles-survey

A public meeting is expected to be held soon by the Falmouth Needs a Public Swimming Pool at a time and date to be announced. The group can be found on Facebook.

Cornwall Council is holding an online consultation tonight at 7pm. To register go to letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/leisure