Community fights to save Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre

Campaigners and politicians are making a ‘big push’ to save an under-threat sailing centre based at Yeadon Tarn.

Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre (LSAC) faces permanent closure under a cost saving proposal by Active Leeds, which is run by Leeds City Council, says the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The centre provides a large array of watersports and outdoor activities including canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing and more.

But the council faces a £119m budget shortfall for 2021/22.

Campaigners are now planning a community takeover of the centre, if the council chooses to stop funding it.

They are calling businesses, community organisations and social enterprises to join them in forming a bid for a community asset transfer.

Businesses and social enterprises are encouraged to register their interest by emailing

Leeds North West MP Alex Sobel, who has previous experience of developing similar community bids for council assets, is backing the campaign.

“LSAC is a hugely important resource in our community, and we cannot let it close without a fight,” Sobel told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“The Save LSAC campaign have been effective and strategic in the way they have gone about their campaigning efforts so far.

“We need a joined-up approach and make a big push for community ownership in order to save the sailing centre for all its current and future users.”

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