Fight the Cuts – 22nd February 7.30pm
- Ideas of building a Trust
- English Heritage – cash strapped
- Easier to obtain funding via charitable trust
- Councillor Mattoob – main objective is to keep the pool open
- Day to day running costs as we need to make it financially viable
- Cost analysis – RH
- Council meeting 24th February 2011 – not allowed in
- Currently trying to liaise with Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).
- Do the community want a Trust or the council to own the pool - the majority vote went for a Trust to own the pool.
- Question of loyalty to staff
Joan Whalley gave an overview of the current situation, 8% cuts for Stoke-on-Trent equates to £36 million
Local Authority has a responsibility for Water Safety
Liaise with Primary Schools
Aware of chronic disease prevalence
How do the local community promote fitness within our locality?
Lack of investment over the years by Stoke On Trent Council
Encouragement by Joan Whalley for Stoke on Trent council to build up a strategy no fruition
Liaisons with Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) – forwarded to council
Latest situation the ASA are very keen to work with Trust to keep open
Heritage lottery fund interested “if there were an application”
Other organisations could be approached
No certainty of gaining funds but if we don’t try it will be the lesser of two evils
Would council give us stay of executive if liaisons with ASA commence?
What does the Council intend to do with these patients - don’t want privatised services.
Moved out of purpose built home – therefore have no choice and no-one to stand up for them
Older generation have no voice
According to Heathside House’s website, the inspection gave very good results. If Heathside is closed this would be yet another derelict building in Goldenhill.
Do we make these decisions in the current economic climate which will effect the most vulnerable population in our society.
No further answers from Stoke on Trent Council
Q1. Why have Councillors (who have known for so long) urban heritage – didn’t think it was a viable enterprise?
Councillor Megan - only found out 3 weeks ago.
Councillor Matloob - can’t get funding from Central Government and don’t want to shut it.
Councillor Khan - meetings are taking place at present and dialogue is ongoing, can give assurance that they are doing their best, the door is not closed until 31st March 2011.
Q2. Abolish City Magazine
Q3. Better sports facilities 100 years ago.
Q4. CEO Education Officer – where will school swimming go to?
Schools in Holden Lane, James Brindley High School and Fenton Manor.
There is currently 28 ½ hours of swimming a week from Schools, how are the schools and Fenton going to accommodate this?
Invite JO and Joan – 2 gentlemen from local construction company on Monday are coming out to help and see what they can do
Joan advised need to get a collective dialogue going.
Q5. Where are the children going to go to?
Joan suggested involving school councils.
Q6. How will Councillors be voting for the budget?
Councillor Khan – have to vote for it because Central Government will take over.
Q7. Approached last April and nothing being done, has been a lack of action.
Q8. Where are we with the ASA – no conclusion yet.
£103,000 loss – if the ASA take it on – don’t need to pay council tax or VAT and would need to raise £20,000
If prices of weekly swimming lessons were raised by £1 a week this would get an extra £86,000 per annum
Also reduce the temperature by 1°C
Q9. Called round business in UK, found one
Contacted Councillors and no one was able to meet them, try again next week
No other Children’s services is as valuable
Q10. Big Society – need structured management.
Joan what can we do.
Richard advised that according to the ASA you should never drain a pool and there would be cost implications and you could lose your customer base if this happens
Please to use pool as business as normal – need to liaise with groups to get action plan going and to look at marketing strategy
09/10 £170,000 deficit
Many Thanks to Richard, Father John and Paula for their services