Cardiff Leisure Review “Closing is not signaling” as risk is raised in red

Cardiff Leisure Review “Closing is not signaling” as risk is raised in red

Despite the council raising the risk to red on the “service system”, the review of Cardiff’s leisure centers is “not closing signaling”.

The review comes after a non-profit organization that runs eight leisure centers across the city sought $ 1.1 million bail from Cardiff Council.

Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) has asked the council for financial assistance to deal with the impact of the corona virus pandemic due to declining membership income.

Councilor Peter Bradbury, a member of the Cabinet for Culture and Entertainment, responded to concerns on social media that the recent announcement could mean the closure of leisure centers.

At an economic and cultural scrutiny committee meeting, Cole Bradbury affirmed that the review “does not indicate a gateway to allow us to close personal leisure centers”, but an “honest assessment of the situation” by the GL. [the council] Find ourselves ”.

He said: “GLL is a national public and social enterprise.

“They have not received some of the business support that other industries have. Looking at the nationwide picture of leisure centers across the UK, there is a crisis as revenue is being lost due to the epidemic.

“This is a difficult time for leisure providers, but we are not in a vacuum: it is a nationwide problem.”

After halving the number of people going to summer resorts compared to last year, the review will look at how GLL can get memberships back, especially direct debit payments.

At the same time, the council is raising the risk around redemption centers to a red light, which means “a major or significant impact on the long-term sustainability of the contract and the continuity of the service system,” according to a report to the Cabinet next week.

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Councilors on the scrutiny committee questioned Cole Bradbury and Rice Jones, GLL’s head of service at Cardiff, at a public meeting on November 5.

However, the public and reporters were excluded from the meeting when the GLL was discussed.

Cole Bradbury said: “This information is commercially confidential, so it is only for the eyes of council members and not for the public – but we have nothing to hide.

“It’s just the fact that this is an economic discussion we’re having.

GLL-run restrooms reopened on Monday, November 9, after the firebreak lockdown ended.

Jims removed some of the equipment to allow for social isolation, and some classes were moved to or outside the sports halls.

Cole Rice Taylor, leader of the Liberal Democrats group in Cardiff Council, welcomed the review but warned that part of the problems at GLL were the epidemic.

He said: “GLL is facing financial challenges due to the pandemic – a challenge faced by businesses and community groups across Cardiff – but all stops need to be withdrawn, so services will not be cut.”

Liberal Democrat Senate candidate Cole Rodney Berman said: “Cardiff leisure centers have partially reopened this summer, when primary lockdowns and autumn firebreak lockdowns forced Wales’ resorts to close.

“At a time when people wanted to return to swimming pools and socially distant exercise classes, the offer from GLL was very limited, reducing their potential income.”

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