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To receive any declarations of interest from Members in accordance with Part 2, Paragraph 9 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.



Councillor Hedley declared a personal interest in Minute No. 2011/619 as he had been the Chairman of the Olympic Legacy Task and Finish Review Group at Essex County Council.


MINUTES: pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Confirmation of Minutes of the meeting of the Leisure and Community Services Scrutiny Committee held on 13 July 2011.



The Minutes of the Leisure and Community Services Scrutiny Committee held on 13 July 2011 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.


(For voting see Appendix 1, Column 1.)




The Committee were advised there were no outstanding actions.



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Members were invited to consider a report on the performance of the Basildon Sporting Village during its first 6 months of operation.  A presentation was also provided setting out how Sports and Leisure Management Limited (SLM) had been working to increase participation in sport and physical activity in the Borough.  A copy of the presentation is attached at Appendix 2, for information.


The Committee was made aware that SLM was meeting all the targets specified within the contract and that attendance at the Sporting Village was above what had been achieved at the previous two sporting facilities combined.


A summary of activity attendance was provided, which included:


·                    Total swim activity – 151,438

·                    Aerobic classes grown from 49 to 64 classes per week

·                    Total attendance since opening – 490,461


It was hoped that 1 million visits could be achieved in the first year, which would exceed the contract target of 850,000.


Members were also provided an overview of main club usage and the major events that had taken place at the Basildon Sporting Village.  Comments received from clubs in relation to the facility were also provided, which included:


·                    Clubs attendance increased

·                    The working relationship with SLM was good

·                    Provision at the new facility was better than the previous facilities

·                    Basildon Sporting Village provides value for money

·                    Clubs would like to work closer with SLM and the Council

·                    Car parking was an issue.


The Cabinet Member for Leisure and Arts addressed the Committee to inform them of his pleasure at the performance of the Basildon Sporting Village to date.  He also advised of two areas for further improvement, namely car parking and publicity of events at the facility.


The Committee was informed that greater focus was now being placed on encouraging hard to reach groups and customers from outside the Borough.   Members were in agreement that greater effort needed to be placed on publicising events.  A Member also highlighted that the lack of reasonable hotel accommodation in the Borough could deter people from staying in the area to attend sporting events.  Furthermore, it was confirmed that the Sporting Village provided the only 50 metre swimming pool in Essex.


A Member asked for an explanation of how the facility catered for disabled users.  It was explained that the building was compliant with the Equalities Act 2010 and had been designed with disabled access in mind.  The Japanese Paralympic Team had recently visited and commended the building for the level of accessibility for disabled users.  In addition, a great deal of positive work with disability gymnastics had already taken place and disability open days were also planned.  SLM were also exploring a partnership with ‘Rethink’ mental health to assist in forming links with users.  The Member was particularly pleased with this aspect of the work underway at the sporting village.


Whilst discussing the opportunities for sporting activity to grow at the facility, a Member sought clarification as to whether the Council would benefit financially.  It was advised that it was anticipated that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 619.



To note there are now new items on the Council’s most recent Forward Plan of Key Decisions, which fall within this Committee’s area of responsibility.



It was noted that there were no items on the Councils most recent Forward Plan of Key Decisions, which fell within the Committee’s area of responsibility.


WORK PROGRAMME 2011/12 - REVIEW: pdf icon PDF 65 KB

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The Committee considered their work programme for 2010/11 and reviewed the items scheduled for future meetings.


Members discussed whether further performance reports on other sports facilities and pools within the borough would be beneficial.


It was AGREED: That


1)                 A report on the performance of Wickford Pool, Eversley Leisure Centre and Pitsea Pool be added to the work programme for June 2012.


2)                 A report on the performance of the Basildon Sporting Village be added to the work programme for June 2012.

LA&CSO&S Voting pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Scrutiny Commitee Presentation Nov 2011 pdf icon PDF 260 KB