Leisure Centre Consultation

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Good leisure provision helps people of all ages stay healthy, active and socially connected.

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.

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. We are currently analysing the results so we can report them to the Council's Cabinet meeting in December. On 10 November 2021 the Council's Cabinet considered questions that were submitted to them by members of the public.

Alternative proposals

Throughout the public consultation on the Draft Leisure Resource Strategy, Cornwall Council has invited local councils, commercial or voluntary organisations or community groups to get in touch if they believe they could offer a sustainable alternative for running one or more of the four Leisure Centres at risk.

Various organisations have come forward to share their ideas for potential alternative solutions to retain one or more of these centres.

We have started a formal process to invite interested parties to work with us to develop viable and sustainable solutions.

Good leisure provision helps people of all ages stay healthy, active and socially connected.

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.

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. We are currently analysing the results so we can report them to the Council's Cabinet meeting in December. On 10 November 2021 the Council's Cabinet considered questions that were submitted to them by members of the public.

Alternative proposals

Throughout the public consultation on the Draft Leisure Resource Strategy, Cornwall Council has invited local councils, commercial or voluntary organisations or community groups to get in touch if they believe they could offer a sustainable alternative for running one or more of the four Leisure Centres at risk.

Various organisations have come forward to share their ideas for potential alternative solutions to retain one or more of these centres.

We have started a formal process to invite interested parties to work with us to develop viable and sustainable solutions.

  • 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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    We will use the information you provide to inform our decision about the Leisure Resources Strategy.

    The Data Controller for the information you provide in this survey is Cornwall Council, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY. Data Protection Registration Number: Z1745294. Once the survey has closed, your data will be held within Cornwall Council’s secure network and premises for up to 2 years. Where we ask you to supply personal data on this form, we will only make access to this data available to authorised members of staff who are required to process it for the purposes outlined in this privacy notice. Please note that other information you provide, such as responses to open questions, may be published in full. 



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