Caerphilly councillors to hear plan to to close leisure centres

DEMOLITION THREAT: Risca Leisure Centre

DEMOLITION THREAT: Risca Leisure Centre

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COUNCILLORS will be presented tomorrow with money-saving options including shutting down Caerphilly county borough council leisure centres, shutting public toilets, closing bowling greens, and cutting floral displays to deal with budget cuts.

As part of its medium term financial plan, the council must make savings of £6.5 million for the 2015/16 financial year and £6.9 million in 2016/17.

And officers have compiled a list of potential savings to be discussed at a scrutiny committee, which present the financial implications of options including closing the authority’s ten leisure centres, or giving over some to be run by nearby schools, and other services provided by the council’s community and leisure services department.

The potential closure of Cefn Fforest leisure centre could save the council £248,915 in 2016/17 – but any closure would result in another cost of £9,484 to a year before that to pay for staff redeployment and redundancy.

While any sale of the Newbridge leisure centre would save the council a further £190,766 but it would cost the council £214,636 to close the service there in 2016/17.

The potential closure of Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre could save the council £103,550, or keeping open the £G pitch there could save £93,550.

Talks are currently under way to give over the running of Cwmcarn Leisure Centre to Cwmcarn High School.

Across the authority, closures of all the centres could bring the council over £1.7 million and that the cost of land could be recovered if Caerphilly, Cefn Fforest, Newbridge and Risca leisure centres were demolished.

The documents will be discussed by regeneration and environment scrutiny committee members at a meeting postponed from July 7.

The potential impact of shutting down its recycling centres, including the Full Moon site in Cross Keys, will also be put to councillors.

They previously rejected plans to sell off the centres as part of cuts considered for 2014/15.

Other plans include reducing the number of the council’s pedestrian sweepers from four to three, which could save £14,000, and charging for replacement recycling containers.

That measure, which could save the council £60,000, was put to councillors last year but rejected.

Another idea is that cleaning on bank holidays would be reduced to the same level included at weekends, which could save £13,000.

The report acknowledges those measures might be faced with “resistance” from the public and members.

Other possible savings include closing public toilets in Risca and Blackwood, which could save £16,000, although the report acknowledges the closure of three toilets across the county borough in 2014/15 “caused much controversy”.

And the closure of six of the council’s 21 bowling greens with the lowest membership is another possible plan to save a total of £100,000 over two years.

The plan, including one in Oakdale, could close three in 2015-16 and three in 2016-17.

But according to the council, it faces the prospect of being able to save £1.2 million on its part in the Prosiect Gwyrdd waste contract.

It had been originally thought the savings could be made in 2016/17 but now these can be made in 2015/16.

The project is a joint venture between Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan councils.

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6:37am Tue 29 Jul 14

anigel says...

Why is it that all councils in this country can ever talk about is increasing charges and reducing services. When it should be about reducing bureaucracy and shaving off some of the senior management posts where losing just one post could fund multiple front line employees
Why is it that all councils in this country can ever talk about is increasing charges and reducing services. When it should be about reducing bureaucracy and shaving off some of the senior management posts where losing just one post could fund multiple front line employees anigel
  • Score: 27

8:22am Tue 29 Jul 14

taffygwent says...

And cut number of councilllors
And cut number of councilllors taffygwent
  • Score: 17

10:00am Tue 29 Jul 14

Pafkay says...

Maybe they would have better luck cutting the dead wood out of the council. The bin men don't seem to think that actually emptying the bins is their job, and every time you contact the council you get the answer no, now what was the question?
Maybe they would have better luck cutting the dead wood out of the council. The bin men don't seem to think that actually emptying the bins is their job, and every time you contact the council you get the answer no, now what was the question? Pafkay
  • Score: 12

11:01am Tue 29 Jul 14

mr david says...

When out on a trip in the car had to call in to the old B.N.S. Site at little mill had a shock sign on a post director of social service Caerphilly how many miles from the glass house is this,is he paid to travel back and 4 to Caerphilly why have a office at little mill 25/30 miles when we have a new glass house .lots of money lost time,travel comp car all paid buy us plus the office cost .
When out on a trip in the car had to call in to the old B.N.S. Site at little mill had a shock sign on a post director of social service Caerphilly how many miles from the glass house is this,is he paid to travel back and 4 to Caerphilly why have a office at little mill 25/30 miles when we have a new glass house .lots of money lost time,travel comp car all paid buy us plus the office cost . mr david
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Tue 29 Jul 14

gingertom says...

If they ditched building a cinema in bargoed costing the taxpayers 6.9 million then they wouldn't have to do this, the people who have renovated the maxime in blackwood would buy the old hanbury cinema in bargoed and replicate what they have done in blackwood. They won't do this if caerphilly builds a place for odeon.
If odeon wanted to come to bargoed they would build one themselves.
This council gets worse and worse.
If they ditched building a cinema in bargoed costing the taxpayers 6.9 million then they wouldn't have to do this, the people who have renovated the maxime in blackwood would buy the old hanbury cinema in bargoed and replicate what they have done in blackwood. They won't do this if caerphilly builds a place for odeon. If odeon wanted to come to bargoed they would build one themselves. This council gets worse and worse. gingertom
  • Score: 7

12:48pm Tue 29 Jul 14

gingertom says...

Please sign this petition by geraint williams:

We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy.

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1031
Please sign this petition by geraint williams: We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy. https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1031 gingertom
  • Score: 6

5:21pm Tue 29 Jul 14

theviking666 says...

Give it a couple of years, we will paid the community charge and have no services at all, just paying councils to do nothing, except collect our money.
Give it a couple of years, we will paid the community charge and have no services at all, just paying councils to do nothing, except collect our money. theviking666
  • Score: 7

5:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

freddie203 says...

Being preached to as a nation to become more fitter and healthier yet it seems a great idea to demolish or sell off the facilities that provide many of the boroughs residents with the access to help their promotion of not becoming the obese society!! Whats worrying is shutting of their waste transfer sites.....where is the waste going to end up? As for the road sweeping machines they are really of no benefit when you send them down residential streets before 6am when they can barely clean 10ft of a kerbside due to obstructions by vehicles parked. Everywhere is cuts and more cuts yet we are all getting a lot less for more money that we are having to pay out. You got school buildings in the council borough owned by the council yet the schools are having to pay out for essential repairs to the buildings from funds that should be going to educate our children.....its a farce
Being preached to as a nation to become more fitter and healthier yet it seems a great idea to demolish or sell off the facilities that provide many of the boroughs residents with the access to help their promotion of not becoming the obese society!! Whats worrying is shutting of their waste transfer sites.....where is the waste going to end up? As for the road sweeping machines they are really of no benefit when you send them down residential streets before 6am when they can barely clean 10ft of a kerbside due to obstructions by vehicles parked. Everywhere is cuts and more cuts yet we are all getting a lot less for more money that we are having to pay out. You got school buildings in the council borough owned by the council yet the schools are having to pay out for essential repairs to the buildings from funds that should be going to educate our children.....its a farce freddie203
  • Score: 2

6:23pm Tue 29 Jul 14

newportonian69 says...

1 cut the amount of council lors
2 stop all expenses nobody pays for my travel and food when I go to work
3 lets al hang out on the streets until late at night
4 where's all the money going who s making the profits when everything is sold or shut
1 cut the amount of council lors 2 stop all expenses nobody pays for my travel and food when I go to work 3 lets al hang out on the streets until late at night 4 where's all the money going who s making the profits when everything is sold or shut newportonian69
  • Score: 6

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