Sunday opening of the Lewis sports centre has been voted down by councillors.
The council voted 19-9 against a motion for a year's trial run to open for three
hours each Sunday.
Costs are estimated between £15,600 to £17,100 at a time when council services are
under financial pressure though that could be offset by income raised from users
fees and any increase in memberships that result from the additional opening hours.
A report said the Stornoway sports centre currently opened for 84 hours weekly, more
than similar facilities across the Western Isles.
The majority of councillors voted against a trial due to the lack of staff willing
to work as well as costs.
Stornoway councillor, Philip Mclean, said some of the £78,500 the council claims
to save annually by not having seven day opening should be used to underwrite the
Cllr Norman Macleod said the present opening hours means the facility is “already
meeting the needs of the people of the island."
Ness councillor Iain Mackay pointed out the proposal sought more hours for Stornoway
while the facility at Lionel suffered cuts.
Councillors vote over Sunday opening of Lewis sports centre