Get Cornwall Council to take more responsibility for its sport facilities

Get Cornwall Council to take more responsibility for its sport facilities

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Tom Foreman started this petition to cornwall council

We simply don't think it's good enough that Cornwall Council tender out their leisure centres with little to no provision/protection for local, community based clubs. Lane hire charges are reaching around £18.50 per hour, the same as a lot of 50m pools. The public also pays £5.70 for most pools, with the London Olympic Pool charging around £5.20! 

At present Cornwall Council tender out their leisure centres, presumably to save money. Within the contracts drawn up is very little to no provision for local swimming, surf lifesaving and waterpolo clubs, in terms of pool costs and timetable allocation. The public are also left paying overpriced pool fees (bearing in mind that some of the facilities are ancient and have seen very little investment in decades), with a large number of the pools in Cornwall being more expensive to enter than the Olympic 50m swimming pool in London. Clubs and their members are being put under huge financial strain. Some clubs looking like they'll either have to reduce their hours of training or shut their doors. 

Cornwall's leisure centres were built for the community and it's exactly these people that are being let down. On the council's own website it states that swimming has the highest level of participation in the county. As well as stating that obesity levels in Cornwall are higher than the national average and that we live in one of the most deprived areas in the country. 

With so few leisure centres / facilities in Cornwall clubs simply don't currently have any options when a leisure centre providers decides to increase their rates. The clubs could (if the provider chose to do so) be held to ransom, with no other option than pay or look to reduce their club hours. 

The purpose of this petition is to open up a dialogue with Cornwall Council about this major issue and hopefully apply a little pressure so that the council don't simply tender these facilities out without any thought for the community and local sporting clubs. There needs to be a provision made for local, community-based clubs in terms of the appropriate allocation of pool times and protection/subsidies put in place for pool hire rates.

* ADDITIONAL INFO : From the Council's website - 'Government policy provides a general framework for significantly increasing levels of participation/physical activity and support for elite sport. Sports facilities in Cornwall should underpin these objectives via a network suitable for sports development and, where appropriate, elite sport. 

The benefits of increasing participation in sport and active recreation are both explicit and implicit in much government policy. A network of appealing, accessible sport and recreation facilities should embrace and demonstrate contribution to, these wider social objectives'.

Swimming in Cornwall has the highest participation levels of any sport (according to the council's website). At the time of writing this petition the London 50m Olympic Pool (a new state of the art facility) charges between £5.10-5.35 per swim. That's around 65-90p cheaper than Newquay Waterworld (once you've had to pay to use a locker!) and around the same price as Carn Brea (an ancient facility that's in major need of investment). Yet one of the providers that manage a number of leisure centres in Cornwall has recently stated that they're increasing lane hire (quite steeply) to fall in line with the national average, despite Cornwall having a very low deprivation score, a number of the facilities needing major investment and there being a huge lack of facilities and choice, giving clubs and individuals no option but to pay the rate changes. This certainly doesn't offer 'a network of appealing, accessible sports and recreational facilities...'. Nor does it offer a 'framework for significantly increasing levels of participation'. 

 

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