Council have just informed us that work on the stalled Sports Centre Improvement Plan has re-started. They have commissioned external consultants from Strategic Leisure to finish the document. It is hoped that a draft will be ready in March 2015.
Work to rewrite the Outdoor Facilities Assessment is now also underway as part of the ongoing rewrite of Council’s Local Plan.
With these documents in place, all parties can then start to seek grant funding for improvement works. We will be stressing the importance of timely completion of these documents to Council.
FoSSC recently also attended Council’s budget Consultation meeting and had very productive discussions with Cllrs Letts (Council Leader) and Barnes Andrews (Cabinet member for Resources and Leisure). They assured us that there were no immediate plans to sell off Sports Centre lands to fund site improvements. however, it is also clear that, as a result of the budget crisis, Council will have no capital funds to invest in site improvements for at least 2 years. We hope to have further direct meetings with Council shortly.