The Council has received formal notice that a small number of lifeguards are to go on strike on the following dates:

Saturday, January 11 2020

Tuesday, January 14 2020

Saturday, January 18 2020

Tuesday, January 21 2020

Saturday, January 25 2020

Tuesday, January 28 2020

The industrial action relates to a dispute over a pay grading review and involves up to 13 members of the Unite union. An offer to continue talks to end the action has been made.

Every effort is being made to ensure minimum disruption to the swimming programme.

Any changes will be publicised on the leisure centres’ social media channels:

Blackburn Leisure Centre – Facebook

Darwen Leisure Centre – Facebook

Any groups affected will be contacted directly.

Denise Park, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Chief Executive, said:

“Our lifeguards are highly valued members of staff and they perform an important role.  All Council roles are assessed using a recognised nationally agreed job evaluation scheme and we regret that these officers are unhappy with the outcome of their pay and grading assessment.”

The Council currently employs 25 lifeguards at both sites.

Various court activities are available at our centres with weekly and block bookings available. Casual bookings can be made by calling your preferred centre or booking online. To book online you must register for a Leisure Card before you will be able to make any bookings.

Book Now

Bookings are available 7 days in advance and from 9am (online) or from when the Leisure Hub opens (in centre/telephone bookings). Please note you will need to pay for your court when making the booking.

Where you can play:

Facility Badminton Short Tennis Table Tennis
Blackburn Central High School Yes Yes
Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre Yes Yes
Darwen Leisure Centre Yes Yes Yes
Pleckgate High School Yes Yes
Witton Park Academy Yes Yes

Casual hire prices:

Adult re:fresh Junior/Senior
Badminton £10.15 £4.00 £6.15
Short Tennis £10.15 £4.00 £6.15
Table Tennis £6.50 £3.00 £4.00

For more information on block bookings please email bwdleisure@blackburn.gov.uk.

 

re:fresh Subsidised Leisure

Racquet sports are available to book with a re:fresh discount for adults who qualify for the re:fresh Subsidised Leisure Scheme.  To qualify you must have a leisure card, be aged 16  or over and either live, work, have a GP or be in full time education in Blackburn with Darwen.

When is the discount available?

Darwen Leisure Centre

Monday – Friday 9am – 10pm

Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm

Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9pm – 10pm

Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm