Leisure Centre Consultation

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In September and October 2021 we consulted on the draft Leisure Resources Strategy and our proposed response to GLLs formal request to stop operating the leisure centres in Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge and the Hydrotherapy pool at St Austell Leisure Centre.

What was the consultation about?

As Cornwall Council does not have a statutory duty to provide leisure centres, our 2014 Leisure Resources Strategy sets out the ambition to support a network of public leisure centres for both residents and visitors to Cornwall at no cost to the council taxpayer. Due to the pandemic, the challenges we face in achieving this ambition are now greater than anyone could have foreseen, and a review of the strategy is needed to ensure it is fit for purpose in the current situation.

Good leisure provision helps people of all ages stay healthy, active and socially connected. .In Cornwall there is a mix of leisure centres and facilities operated independently by the private or voluntary sector (such as Carn Brea Leisure Centre and Par running track) and leisure centres operated by social enterprise Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) through a contract with Cornwall Council.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the leisure sector across the country, and Cornwall has been no exception. The loss of income due to the pandemic is having a long term impact on GLLs finances.

GLL have asked Cornwall Council to allow them to stop operating the leisure centres in Wadebridge, Launceston, Saltash and Falmouth, and the hydrotherapy pool within St Austell leisure centre or, alternatively, to subsidise the operation of these facilities.

Supporting residents through Covid 19 has already hit the Council’s finances hard. Our first duty is to balance our books and provide those statutory frontline services we are legally obliged to provide for our residents. We do not have a budget for subsidising GLL operations or for operating any centres directly. If no solution or alternative is found, these facilities may close.

The consultation closed at midnight on 31 October 2021.

What's happened since?

We have analysed the results and reported an interim report to the Council's Cabinet meeting in December. The final consultation feedback report has been published now and is used to inform decisions at the Council's Cabinet meeting on 4 March 2022.

At the meeting in December, Cornwall Council's Cabinet confirmed

  • GLL will continue to operate Saltash Leisure Centre beyond March 2022.
  • The leisure centre in Launceston will continue to be run by GLL until January 2023 when the Council’s lease on that facility ends and the building is handed back to the Coronation Park Trust. Cornwall Council will support the Trust to evaluate longer term options for leisure provision in the town.
  • Beyond March 2022 GLL will no longer be required to operate the leisure centres in Wadebridge and Falmouth and the hydrotherapy pool at the centre in St Austell.
  • Cornwall Council is working with community groups and organisations to find a financially sustainable way to keep the leisure centres in Wadebridge and Falmouth operating beyond the end of March 2022 and it had started a formal process to invite interested parties to work with us to develop viable and sustainable solutions.

At the meeting on 4 March 2022, Cornwall Council's Cabinet will consider a report on the results of this formal process to find viable and sustainable solutions.

  • The report recommends that more time and support is offered to organisations that have put forward bids to run Wadebridge Leisure Centre, as there is potential scope to reach an agreement that would keep the leisure centre open and operating.
  • However, despite the best efforts of prospective operators, Cornwall Council, and current provider GLL to find a solution that would keep it open, there is no viable bid to operate Ships and Castles leisure centre in Falmouth
  • This means that if the Cabinet decide that all avenues to find a workable solution have been exhausted, the Council could be working with GLL to close Ships and Castles leisure centre in Falmouth by March 31, 2022.

In September and October 2021 we consulted on the draft Leisure Resources Strategy and our proposed response to GLLs formal request to stop operating the leisure centres in Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge and the Hydrotherapy pool at St Austell Leisure Centre.

What was the consultation about?

As Cornwall Council does not have a statutory duty to provide leisure centres, our 2014 Leisure Resources Strategy sets out the ambition to support a network of public leisure centres for both residents and visitors to Cornwall at no cost to the council taxpayer. Due to the pandemic, the challenges we face in achieving this ambition are now greater than anyone could have foreseen, and a review of the strategy is needed to ensure it is fit for purpose in the current situation.

Good leisure provision helps people of all ages stay healthy, active and socially connected. .In Cornwall there is a mix of leisure centres and facilities operated independently by the private or voluntary sector (such as Carn Brea Leisure Centre and Par running track) and leisure centres operated by social enterprise Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) through a contract with Cornwall Council.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the leisure sector across the country, and Cornwall has been no exception. The loss of income due to the pandemic is having a long term impact on GLLs finances.

GLL have asked Cornwall Council to allow them to stop operating the leisure centres in Wadebridge, Launceston, Saltash and Falmouth, and the hydrotherapy pool within St Austell leisure centre or, alternatively, to subsidise the operation of these facilities.

Supporting residents through Covid 19 has already hit the Council’s finances hard. Our first duty is to balance our books and provide those statutory frontline services we are legally obliged to provide for our residents. We do not have a budget for subsidising GLL operations or for operating any centres directly. If no solution or alternative is found, these facilities may close.

The consultation closed at midnight on 31 October 2021.

What's happened since?

We have analysed the results and reported an interim report to the Council's Cabinet meeting in December. The final consultation feedback report has been published now and is used to inform decisions at the Council's Cabinet meeting on 4 March 2022.

At the meeting in December, Cornwall Council's Cabinet confirmed

  • GLL will continue to operate Saltash Leisure Centre beyond March 2022.
  • The leisure centre in Launceston will continue to be run by GLL until January 2023 when the Council’s lease on that facility ends and the building is handed back to the Coronation Park Trust. Cornwall Council will support the Trust to evaluate longer term options for leisure provision in the town.
  • Beyond March 2022 GLL will no longer be required to operate the leisure centres in Wadebridge and Falmouth and the hydrotherapy pool at the centre in St Austell.
  • Cornwall Council is working with community groups and organisations to find a financially sustainable way to keep the leisure centres in Wadebridge and Falmouth operating beyond the end of March 2022 and it had started a formal process to invite interested parties to work with us to develop viable and sustainable solutions.

At the meeting on 4 March 2022, Cornwall Council's Cabinet will consider a report on the results of this formal process to find viable and sustainable solutions.

  • The report recommends that more time and support is offered to organisations that have put forward bids to run Wadebridge Leisure Centre, as there is potential scope to reach an agreement that would keep the leisure centre open and operating.
  • However, despite the best efforts of prospective operators, Cornwall Council, and current provider GLL to find a solution that would keep it open, there is no viable bid to operate Ships and Castles leisure centre in Falmouth
  • This means that if the Cabinet decide that all avenues to find a workable solution have been exhausted, the Council could be working with GLL to close Ships and Castles leisure centre in Falmouth by March 31, 2022.
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please complete our short survey to give your views on proposed changes to the provision of leisure centres in Cornwall. This survey will close at midnight on 31 October 2021.

    We are consulting on the draft Leisure Resources Strategy which sets out how Cornwall Council supports the provision of leisure facilities and activities.

    The draft strategy includes our proposed response to GLL’s request to change their contract requirements with regards to Falmouth Ships & Castles, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge Leisure Centres and the Hydrotherapy pool at St Austell Leisure Centre.

    You are encouraged to read our Summary Consultation Document before completing this questionnaire.

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