Save our local parks and sports facility

Save our local parks and sports facility

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Cardiff City Korfball Club started this petition to Cardiff Council

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Cardiff Council wants to remove the sports storage, changing rooms, and toilets within Heath Park to create offices and rent them out commercially.

Cardiff Council states that the facilities are underused and that this justifies turning them into offices, but they are not advertised or made available to the public. The local youth football club pays to hire a storage container in the car park nearby and going without toilets or changing facilities because they didn't know the building existed. 

Despite this, various clubs operate out of the current facilities from archery to korfball and rely on the presence of storage, first aid, toilets, and changing areas to continue. In Heath Park, there is a general shortage of toilet facilities which could be improved if this building was available and managed by local clubs.

Cardiff Council says it is too expensive to maintain these facilities but a group of local clubs has offered to take on the maintenance and running of the building via a Community Asset Transfer (CAT), after this was suggested as a viable option by the Council themselves. In a U-turn move, the Council changed their minds and have begun pursuing a commercial lease which will not be good for the park, visitors, or local people. We need your help to draw attention to this issue and convince the Council to reconsider.

The City of Cardiff has good form with successful Community Asset Transfers. Cardiff Beach Volleyball Club based in Victoria Park are a prime example of the benefits that can be achieved when local clubs are empowered to look after Council sports facilities. What was once a derelict bowls pavilion is now a vibrant sports hub complete with 6 beach volleyball courts. The renovated building has been improved entirely by the Volleyball Club who were able to access funding that the Council cannot, and is used by a variety of sports clubs, personal trainers, and community groups – including children’s parties and even band practices!

We are not just losing a much needed sports facility but we are also losing the opportunity to make much more of this building than we currently do. If local clubs are allowed to care for and develop it, this could be equally as valuable as the rejuvenated Beach Volleyball Club on the other side of the City. We are enthusiastic about the positive impact the building could have for the sport and the local community if the Council were to change their minds.

With the local clubs caring for the building, we would ensure it’s accessible to the local community so that park users have access to toilets, local groups can use the space, and sports teams can continue using the toilets, changing rooms, and storage space. If the Council grants a CAT, the clubs would take on all of the running costs from the Council and the presence of our teams and that of other sports teams would generate additional income for the Council through the hire of their pitches. As a not-for-profit community amateur sports club, we are able to access funding that the Council cannot which would enable us to develop and maintain the building as a sports facility for all; in this scenario, everyone is a winner.

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