Tories reject call to scrap leisure centres management ‘privatisation’
CONSERVATIVES PRESS AHEAD WITH LEISURE CENTRE PRIVATISATION
This week, I seconded a Liberal Democrat proposal at New Forest District Council to abandon the plans to privatise the management of our five leisure centres (including the one at Totton).
I told fellow Councillors that there was no guarantee that privatisation would save any money. The leisure centres are running at an operating profit. I said that we should have the confidence in the in house staff. The Conservatives have been spending time and money on the plans, trying to get interest from commercial operators for well over two years now, creating uncertainty.
The Conservatives have never widely consulted with the public about who should run the New Forest Leisure Centres. They have only run a series of user group meetings. It's clear that there is little enthusiasm for such a change amongst the users, the staff, the Unions, the public and all other political parties.
Unfortunately, the Conservatives still have the greater number of Councillors and block voted to defeat the Liberal Democrat motion, despite hearing a well argued case from a Labour activist (there are no Labour Councillors), who had collected a petition of over 2000 signatures.
CONSERVATIVES on the district council have refused to scrap plans for a private organisation to run its New Forest leisure centres.
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