Letter Sample #26 – Your local council is considering closing a sports and leisure centre

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 26

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Your local council is considering closing a sports and leisure centre that it runs, in order to save money.

Write a letter to the local council. In your letter:

  • give details of how you and your friends or family use the centre
  • explain why the sports and leisure centre is important for the local community
  • describe the possible effects on local people if the centre closes

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,


Model Answer 1:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing in regards to the local government’s decision to shut down the only sports and leisure centre we have in our community. A large number of people use this place and the declaration to close it to save money contradicts the interests of our community. I am hoping that you would reconsider your decision and keep it open for all.

I understand that as the head of the local council you need to consider several aspects of our community and make rulings which are beneficial for the community members. However, closing the only sports and recreation centre would not serve any good to the local people. I and my friends, along with hundred others, use it to socialise, do exercise and enjoy sports competitions. Many senior citizens come here to read newspapers and play chess while some families bring their children so that they can play and enjoy their time.

From different perspectives, this place is utterly important to us. Without it, many youths, who come here to play and watch sports, would start investing their time in subversive activities, a situation quite undesirable for us. On top of that, we will have no place for our senior citizens to enjoy their chess competitions.

I, on behalf of the community people, request you to take other measures to save money rather than shutting it down.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Franco


Model Answer 2:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing this letter to express my concern, on behalf of my community at the Sutton Council, about the possibility of closing a sports and leisure centre, run by the local council, in order to save money. I hope you would reconsider your decision.

This sports and leisure centre has served our community for a long time by providing us the opportunities to carry on activities such as jogging, swimming, playing tennis and volleyball as well as other sports. We also use the centre as a place for the social gathering where our family members and children come and mingle among each other in order to break free from the monotonous cosmopolitan life.

Naturally, therefore, once the sports and leisure centre is closed, we won’t be able to continue the activities which we have enjoyed for so long. But the most negative effect of this closure will be the “loss of the much-needed social bond” among our community members and its children which have kept our community a safer and better place so far to live. So, knowing how important the centre is in maintaining our physical and mental health, it is imperative that we keep it opened.

Yours faithfully,

Traverse Boone

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