CAFES at two of Pendle’s leisure centres could be closed as bosses prepare for Government cuts in public services.

Phil Storey, chief executive of Pendle Leisure Trust, which operates the facilities, confirmed they are exploring the possibility of closing the cafes at Pendle Leisure Centre, Colne, and West Craven Sports Centre, Barnoldswick.

He was speaking after Coun Ann Kerrigan raised concerns over the possible closures.

At a meeting of Pendle Council, she said 50 employees of Pendle Leisure Trust were being interviewed for their jobs.

And she slammed the trust for not consulting with unions, and voiced fears over pending redundancies.

But Mr Storey said her claims were untrue.

He said “We are looking at the financial performance of all our facilities, and especially those areas where we expect them to contribute positively.

“Some of our bars and cafes haven’t been doing so for a long time.

“There has been a full consultation with all staff involved.

"The union was notified and every option, including the possibility of a franchise outlet, is being considered.

“Discussions are on-going with the staff affected.

"However, it is looking very likely that there will be no need for compulsory redundancies.”