Local Arley resident and Arley Sports Centre campaigner Jodie Gosling has been elected as the new Borough Councillor for Arleyand Whitacre winning 60% of the vote in Thursday’s by-election.
Newly elected Councillor Gosling said;
“I want to thank the people of Arley and Whitacre who supported me on Thursday, it is a real honour to represent the area that I live in, on the Borough Council. I’m naturally delighted with the result and over the next few months and years I will aim to meet the very high standards I believe local residents expect and deserve from their Councillors.
I promised during the election campaign to work hard for our communities and over the next few weeks & months I will set out how I plan to achieve that. I will build on the work I already do in our community to try and make this area an even better place to live.
Of course, one of the biggest issues in this by-election was the Conservative plans to close down Arley Sports Centre. I campaigned to keep our Sports Centre open and my position today remains the same. Labour support Arley Sports Centre and want to see it remain open. The Conservatives at the Borough Council should listen to the message local residents sent on Thursday.”
Commenting on the by-election result, Labour Group Leader Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“Jodie Gosling will be a fantastic Borough Councillor for Arley and Whitacre. She was already an active member of the local community and now she has the opportunity to be the area’s voice on the Borough Council.
As we campaigned in the area for this by-election, it was clear that local people deserve better. Hunrdeds of them had issues that hadn’t been resolved, many of them felt isolated and nearly everyone felt forgotten by politics and politicians.
This by-election saw a 34% increase in the Labour vote. It’s said to be the largest increase in the Labour vote anywhere in the country since the last General Election. The scale of this victory cannot be underestimated, this was Labour’s largest ever share of the vote in the Arley and Whitacre ward.”
Local Arley resident and Arley Sports Centre campaigner Jodie Gosling has been elected as the new Borough Councillor for Arleyand Whitacre winning 60% of the vote in Thursday’s by-election. Newly...
The future of Arley Sports Centre looks set to remain uncertain after North Warwickshire Borough Council announced new openinghours. The changes will see the center close during the day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and close completely on a Friday.
The Sports Centre has been a hot topic of conversation within the local area for many months after the Tory led Council tried to close down the facility. The response from local residents was to collect the biggest petition in North Warwickshire Borough Council’s history. Labour Councillors opposed closure of the Sports Centre and the reduction in hours.
Labour candidate for the Arley by-election and Sports Centre campaigner, Jodie Gosling said;
“This reduction in hours has been met with anger and dismay by many who worked so hard to keep Arley Sports Centre open. It hits vulnerable groups like the elderly, disabled and parents who can’t attend night classes. Many long term members feel they have no choice but to cancel their membership as they can’t access sessions. This is obviously against everything we’ve fought for and will cause more losses and costs for the centre and it will make it difficult to get much-needed new members to make the centre sustainable.
We understand the centre needs to be more efficient and we’ve been working hard with the local community and user and find ways to make Arley Sports Centre make more money on the doors. The message from users is clear, more classes, more play-sessions, more community. Residents have offered so many good ideas, the council need to listen to local people rather than just looking at usage numbers. There is an enormous amount of support for Arley Sports Centre, even from people who don’t use it, they’re not daft they know they’re paying for it in their council taxes, and they want it open!
The decision to keep Arley Sports Centre open was only ever a stay of execution. The Council is carrying out a leisure review which had been delayed until September 2017 but has now been brought forward giving us less time to show this centre can work. Before the news of closures, membership and attendance were growing, we were getting there, all of our hard work was paying off. This is a huge set back, one I’m not sure we can recover from in time. None of the other centres have had to do this, they all lose money on the door, we’ve been singled out again.
I have always been passionate that the residents of this area deserve better. At the very least we deserve our local sports centre to be fairly assessed along with all the other facilities the Council operates in the review.”
The future of Arley Sports Centre looks set to remain uncertain after North Warwickshire Borough Council announced new openinghours. The changes will see the center close during the day on...
North Warwickshire Borough Council has voted to close Arley Sports Centre during the day for five days a week. The plans comeafter the Council was forced to U-turn on its original plan for closure following pressure from local residents and the Labour opposition.
The Sports Centre will soon be closed during the day Monday – Friday with the possibility of further changes when the Council’s leisure review concludes in July 2017.
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“This decision has pre-empted the Council’s leisure review. It singles out Arley and smacks in the face of fairness. The Labour Group has always supported Arley residents in their mission to keep Arley open. We accept there is a need to change the way we operate the Sports Centre but the fairest way to do that is to come to a decision once all leisure services have been reviewed.
The idea that a decision to close the Sports Centre during the day is somehow a positive move is just political spin from a Conservative Council that has failed the people of Arley. This is another example of the incompetence shown by the Conservative administration at North Warwickshire who think they know best and who fail to listen to the people of our borough.”
Labour Councillors submitted an amendment to keep Arley Sports Centre open as it is now but this was voted down by Conservative Councillors including, Arley ward Councillors Mark Simpson and Colin Hayfield.
Cllr Farrell added,
“Arley ward Councillors have let their residents down. They’ve put their party first and shown utter contempt for democracy. The idea that this decision will somehow win them favor in the community they are supposed to represent is madness. The residents of Arley will see how their representatives voted to cut the hours of their Sports Centre whilst making no guarantee on its long term future.”
North Warwickshire Borough Council has voted to close Arley Sports Centre during the day for five days a week. The plans comeafter the Council was forced to U-turn on its...
A decision on the future of Arley Sports Centre’s future will be finally made at a meeting of North Warwickshire Borough Council onWednesday 29th June.
The meeting will see Councillors debate the recent consultation on the Centre’s future and will end in a decision on whether Arley Sports Centre should be closed.
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“Firstly let me pay tribute to the work of the local residents who have been campaigning to keep this Centre open. They have worked tirelessly to raise funds, deliver leaflets and to get 4500 people to sign their petition. Although this proposed closure is terrible news for North Warwickshire, we can all be proud that communities from across the Borough have come together in such a way.
On the issue of Arley Sports Centre, the Labour Group have always been clear, we will vote to keep Arley Sports Centre open. We don’t want to see it closed but we do also recognise that it cannot continue to operate like it currently does for years to come. The processes, systems, marketing, equipment and ethos all need to modernise. We will be making the case for keeping Arley open and then reforming it so that we never end up in this situation again where it is all to easy for the Council to say its not used, costs to much or is about to fall down.”
The Council meeting on Wednesday 29th June begins at 6.30pm at the Council House in Atherstone. The public are welcome to attend.
A decision on the future of Arley Sports Centre’s future will be finally made at a meeting of North Warwickshire Borough Council onWednesday 29th June. The meeting will see Councillors...
Labour in North Warwickshire is calling on North Warwickshire Borough Council to think again about their consultation on the plan to close the Sports Centre in Arley.
Leader of the Labour Group, Councillor Adam Farrell said,
“This consultation is a complete shambles. First the Council tried to keep the discussions about closure private, then after resident pressure it was opened up to the public and stated that a consultation will be held.
Now we have the details of that consultation. There are 82 pages of council reports to read and 1015 words of explanation on the Borough Council. This means residents are being asked to read over 10,000 words before they get through to the consultation questions.
Then when the questions that form part of the consultation actually appear they are possibly the most leading questions you could possibly be asked.
It has been stated that the Council has an open mind on the future of Arley Sports Centre but the website now says ‘members are minded to close the sports centre’.
The first questions goes on to ask ‘Do you support the Borough Council’s preferred option to close Arley Sports Centre and save approximately £100,000 per annum by doing so?’
This is not a consultation based on an open mind; it is clearly a box ticking exercise and shows utter contempt for the residents of Arley. The Council should withdraw the consultation, go back to the drawing board and apologise for the appalling situation it has put local residents and staff at Arley Sports Centre in.”
Labour in North Warwickshire is calling on North Warwickshire Borough Council to think again about their consultation on the plan to close the Sports Centre in Arley. Leader of the...
North Warwickshire Borough Council has finally made public, its ‘preferred option’ on the future of Arley Sports Centre.
Following a meeting of a Council Committee earlier this month, it was resolved to make closure of Arley Sports Centre the Council’s preferred option, but the decision and paperwork was kept confidential. This prevented Councillors from disclosing information to local residents.
Following last night’s Council meeting the paperwork has been released to the public.
Labour Councillors have opposed the decision to target the Centre for closure. At the committee meeting earlier this month, Labour Councillors had voted against the decision. Labour opposed it again at the February Full Council meeting.
Labour Health Spokesperon, Cllr Dr Jacky Chambers said,
“Physical inactivity and obesity are a major cause of early and preventable deaths in this Borough - and cost the local economy an absolute fortune through sickness, lost productivity and extra health care.
“Leisure centres are one of the few places which offer everyone, whatever their age, the chance to get fit, meet other people, have fun and develop new skills . They play a vital part in promoting community health and mental well-being.
“We would not be looking to shut down leisure services as a way of saving money. We believe that the leisure services we fund are just as important for family health, as schools are for education.”
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said,
“We oppose the closure of Arley Sports Centre.
“It smacks in the face of democracy to start a consultation with local residents after a decision has already effectively been made.
“The Conservative Leadership of the Council has made a real mess of this; they tried to hide it from the public by labelling it part of a confidential council agenda. It’s only because of a strong campaign by residents that information is even being made public. If the Council was serious about the future of Arley Sports Centre, they would withdraw the preferred option of closure and then hold a full and open consultation with residents in the Borough.”
Labour submitted a budget amendment that would have seen £40,000 invested in Arley Sports Centre and a £20,000 development fund set aside to promote the facilities and increase usage.
North Warwickshire Borough Council has finally made public, its ‘preferred option’ on the future of Arley Sports Centre. Following a meeting of a Council Committee earlier this month, it was...
North Warwickshire Labour Group have today released the following statement:
“The Labour Group in North Warwickshire strongly supports the campaign to ‘Keep Arley Sports Centre Open’, which has been set up by residents of Arley and the surrounding villages.
The Arley Sports Centre is one of four leisure centers owned and operated by the Borough Council with the other three being sited in Atherstone, Polesworth and Coleshill respectively.
During the previous Labour administration (2011-2015) Arley Sports Centre remained open and the Council heavily invested in leisure facilities, including building the new Leisure Centre in Coleshill. We believe this was the right action to take and contrary to recent reports, Coleshill Leisure Centre is open to the public during the day and cost £4 million, not £7 million.
All four Borough Council sports facilities are vital if the Council is to achieve its aim of reducing health inequalities and expanding leisure provision across our Borough.
We recognise that there is a need to make savings in the cost of running the Council but we cannot support any decision to close Arley Sports Centre. We would be looking at ways to reduce the cost of the facility or to increase its income by improving the facilities and marketing.
The 2016/2017 budget does not include savings that might be realised from changing the operations at Arley and therefore there is no need for the Council to be rushing this process but we want to make clear to the public that the administration has made this item a resolved decision and in terms of the Council’s constitution, that means a decision has been made.
We find it extremely patronising to the residents of Arley for the Leader of the Council to state that he will be seeking permission of Councillors to start the ‘always intended’ public consultation on the future of Arley Lesuire Centre. It smacks in the face of democracy for the Council to make a decision and to then say they will consult. This is a political tactic to try and stave off the pressure from local residents. The Community & Environment Board has already resolved to consult so there is no need to seek permission from Councillors. Permission has already been given.
Labour Councillors voted against the preferred option that has been resolved by the Council. We support Arley Sports Centre, we want it to remain open.
If the Council is serious about consulting with local residents it would make the paperwork and discussion on Arley Sports Centre public, publically revoke the decision that has previously been supported and then seek to hold a full consultation on the future delivery of the Centre.”
North Warwickshire Labour Group have today released the following statement: “The Labour Group in North Warwickshire strongly supports the campaign to ‘Keep Arley Sports Centre Open’, which has been set...