Arley Sports Centre Consultation
Arley Sports Centre consultation is now CLOSED
Latest News 29 June 2016
Full review of leisure, health and wellbeing in the next year
Arley Sports Centre to stay open pending leisure review
Arley Sports Centre will remain open whilst a full review of the Borough Council’s leisure provision is undertaken. This was the decision reached at Wednesday evening’s special meeting of the Community and Environment Board, followed by Full Council.
Due to the extreme pressure on its budgets, the Borough Council declared its ‘preferred option’ to close the Sports Centre back in January. However, after 12 weeks of community consultation and constructive discussions with interested local groups, including the Keep Arley Sports Centre Open group, Councillors responded positively to local suggestions and decided to include the facility in a wide ranging review of leisure, health and well-being provision in North Warwickshire.
In an effort to make savings, the Council did decide to amend the off-peak opening hours at the Sports Centre, although efforts will be made to work with other organisations to ensure that it remains available for community use at these times.
The Chairman of the Community and Environment Board, Councillor Les Smith, said “Councillors, and in particular Ward Members, have worked very hard over the last 12 weeks to listen to the views of the local community and residents across the Borough, to better understand their opinions about the future of the Sports Centre. The Council has responded very positively to the consultation and I am delighted that the facility will now be included within the wide ranging review of leisure provision that has been commissioned by the Authority. It is my hope that the local community takes full advantage of the services provided through the Sports Centre.”
The leisure, health and well-being review is planned to start in July and will be concluded 12 months later.
At its meeting held in January 2016, the Borough Council’s Community and Environment Board gave detailed consideration to a report that outlined a number of options relating to the future operation of Arley Sports Centre. On 24 February, Councillors determined to make the report publicly accessible. Councillors also decided that this important matter should be the subject of Borough-wide consultation.
The Borough Council needs to make revenue savings of £1.7 million over the next four years from within an overall budget of £8.8 million. This represents a very significant challenge. In order to make these savings, all services provided by the Authority will be subject to careful scrutiny. It is inevitable that some of these services will be affected by this process. In view of these financial circumstances, Councillors preferred option is to close the Sports Centre, and save almost £100,000 a year by doing so, unless a financially viable alternative can be established. Councillors, however, want to hear from people who use the facility, the local community and the people of North Warwickshire before making a final decision on the Centre’s future. You are, therefore, invited to comment on the Borough Council’s currently preferred option to close Arley Sports Centre.
Comments must have been received by 22nd May 2016,
Last updated Thursday, 7th July 2016