There will be no trial period opening of Lewis Sports Centre on a Sunday, the Comhairle have confirmed.
A crowdfunding campaign organised by local group 'Families into Sport for Health' today reached its target of £11,400 to pay for a year-long trial.
One anonymous backer pledged £1,500 to push the amount past its target with just hours to spare.
The crowdfunding campaign was backed by the National Secular Society.
However, speaking to www.welovestornoway.com, the Comhairle - who own and operate the Sports Centre - have in the last hour stated that there will be no trial opening.
A spokesperson commented: "The Comhairle considered this matter in October of this year and agreed not to proceed with a trial Sunday opening. This is a democratic decision by the local authority based on an objective assessment of the likely costs and the employment and operational issues involved – not just purely financial issues. It is a local matter which should be determined locally by elected councillors who are best placed to assess the issues and the local demand for a service. It should be noted that the Lewis Sports Centre already has generous opening hours – amongst the longest in the north of Scotland.
"The Secular Society is incorrect in its assumption and assertion that the Sports Centre is not open on a Sunday for Sabbatarian reasons."