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Cabinet Decision: 14th February 2008
Title of Item/Report
Extension of leisure facilities at Splash
Record of the Decision
Members considered a report outlining final proposals for the extension of leisure facilities at Splash following public consultation

Members were reminded that at its meeting held on 15 June 2006 Cabinet agreed to the closure of the Stockton Sports Centre at Tilery and to a major investment in new and more diverse leisure facilities at a single site location by extending the existing Splash site. Final plans and design details were delegated to the Director of Development and Neighbourhood Services in consultation with relevant Cabinet Members.

Since then Tees Active Ltd had been sensitively and successfully managing the gradual closure of the site at Tilery by helping relocate users to other facilities. Tees Active Ltd continue to provide this service for remaining users.

During the intervening six months it had become clear that there was very limited requirement for an additional four court sports hall to be incorporated within the proposals. Not only was there capacity at existing facilities at Thornaby Pavillion and Billingham Forum but also at a range of other community centred locations.

The Sport England Active Placed website stated that there was a 166% sports hall provision with the Stockton-on-Tees Borough whilst there was 170% provision in Stockton (local area). This equated to 46 (badminton) courts within the local area, 38 of which were pay & play, sports club/community association.

It was the Council's intention not only to retain the grass pitches at Stockton Sports Centre but to upgrade them via a football foundation bid. Stockton West End football club had expressed an interest to support the Council with this bid.

Furthermore, discussions with the Parkfield Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management and local community groups regarding the future use of Arlington Park as a floodlit outdoor 5-a-side football facility were well advanced.

These community buildings and facilities were in addition to the extended independent / private sector offering across Stockton and the Tees Valley including Norton Sports Club/Complex, Soccer Sensations, McMillan Leisure Centre.

Surveys had shown that 95% of users of the Stockton Sports Centre sports hall travelled to the centre by car (i.e. non local). By contrast there were clearly emerging demands (verified in recent public consultation) for a more diverse range of leisure facilities for young people.

Therefore, in accordance with the original Cabinet recommendations and following necessary consultation with ward councillors and the cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, it was agreed to modify the original proposal, by deleting the four court sports hall, incorporating a wider range of activity opportunities for younger people and developing a community activity programme for the ‘very local' areas of Portrack, Tilery and Victoria. This would help establish an extensive local use of service facilities.

The revised plans and proposals for the Splash extension had been on display in Stockton Sports Centre, Splash, Members Library, on the Stockton Borough Council website and there had been dedicated consultation with youth groups and community groups. There had been broad support to the revised proposals, details of which were provided.

The Stockton Sports Centre was increasingly fragile and with the final agreements to proceed with Splash there would be an accelerated but sensitively managed closure of it. As part of this project the retention of the outdoor pitches and improvement to the outdoor changing facilities would be completed. Details regarding the proposals for the Stockton Sports Centre (Tilery) site would be subject to future Cabinet reports.

RESOLVED that it be agreed to modify the original proposal, by deleting the four court sports hall, incorporating a wider range of activity opportunities for younger people and developing a community activity programme for the ‘very local' areas of Portrack, Tilery and Victoria.
Reasons for the Decision
To enable tender documentation and procedures to be accelerated and work to commence as expediently as possible.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
Councillors Mrs Beaumont and Mrs Womphrey declared personal non prejudicial interests in the item as they were members of Tees Active Management Board.
Details of any Dispensations
Not Applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
By no later than midnight on Friday 22nd February 2008
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Date of Publication: 18 February 2008


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