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Birmingham manifesto - sport and leisure

May 1, 2014 4:07 PM

Sport and leisure

We support the move to bring in private companies to manage city facilities. However this requires all leisure centres to be treated in the same way. We would include those designated as health and wellbeing centres in the programme. This would achieve significant savings and improvements in quality of service.

The policy will not work without significant investment in public leisure centres. Having promised this investment Labour has delayed most of it until 2016 at the earliest. We would reorganise the capital programme to ensure that all centres can have adequate investment, funding the borrowing with the extra resources released by including all centres in the private management programme.

This includes a capital contribution towards a renewed Heritage Lottery Fund bid for the historic Mosely Baths, shamefully abandoned by Labour

Labour scrapped the cabinet post and scrutiny committee that oversaw this programme. The result was dithering and delay, placing facilities in jeopardy - together with the lack of accountability that is the hallmark of the present administration. We would ensure a single scrutiny committee has a clear mandate to oversee sport and leisure.