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Last ditch

10.22.08 | Comment?

In a last ditch effort to save free swimming for children 16 and under in West Lancashire, I made the following submission to Council legal services this morning:

I am now in a position to make the following submission on the need for an urgent review of the Council decision taken last week, by the appropriate members in consulation with officers.

 

I submit that the Council and Cabinet be invited, at urgently called meetings, to revise their decisions made last week in respect of free swimming for people 16 years and under, such that the matter now be delegated to the Executive Director of Community Services, in consultation with the Cabinet member, to seek to find a solution whereby the Council is able to join the DCMS free swimming programme for under 16s by the deadline of 24 October, or any other such date as might be negotiated with DCMS.

This is because of new information coming to light since the Council meeting, namely:

 

It would now appear that the 24th October may not be a final deadline for entry to the programme, the proximity of which was given as a reason at Council and Cabinet for not entering the programme, and that a new deadline may be negotiable which allows time for funding matters to be settled in favour of entry to the programme;

There is newly available information on the question of whether the decision on over 60s swimming was actually taken outside of constitutional safeguards relating to key decisions, such that the related decision not to enter the sixteen and under aspect of the progamme needs now to be reconsidered; and

New information on the ‘make up’ of the estimated funding shortfall, which was a key reason given at Council and Cabinet for not entering the programme, has come to light, and suggests both that the esitmated shortfall may be smaller, and more possible to meet than as was presented in the report to Council.

 

This is too important a matter not to go that extra mile.  Now it’s in the hands of the Conservatives.

  

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