UPDATE ON PROPOSED EFFICIENCY SAVINGS
NL Leisure faces significant budget challenges due to the difficult economic climate it is operating in as well as the reduction in management fee that it receives from North Lanarkshire Council.
Due to these financial pressures, it was proposed that Shotts Leisure Centre, Kilsyth Swimming Pool and John Smith Pool opening hours were reduced, this proposal was made due to the significant subsidy required from NLL to operate these venues. This would present NL Leisure with a significant cost saving, and would have reduced the wider financial strain currently facing the organisation.
Unfortunately however, over the last six weeks there have been a number of conflicting reports made by the press regarding these proposals. A number of these reports have been inaccurate, and therefore we would like to take this opportunity to outline the current situation below. Ensuring everyone has up to date and accurate information is of upmost importance to NL Leisure.
Please find below the findings of the consultation, and the recommendations that have been made.
NL Leisure commissioned an independent research company to undertake a public consultation to assess the impact that these proposals would have upon members and the overall usage of these facilities. The consultation was carried out over a two week period and surveyed 643 users of the above mentioned venues.
Following this public consultation, the following recommendations have been made:
- It is recommended that Shotts Leisure Centre is removed from the proposed efficiency savings and opening hours remain as they are.
- It is recommended that more time is taken to assess impact of these proposals on both Kilsyth Swimming Pool & John Smith Pool.
- The public consultation is still underway for Birkenshaw Sports Barn and the board will consider the findings of this when it has concluded.
On Wednesday 7th March 2018, NL Leisure board members agreed to implement these recommendations. NL Leisure were satisfied with the evidence provided by the independent research company to validate these recommendations. The evidence provided includes, but is not limited to:
Shotts Leisure Centre
- Due to the rural location of Shotts, it has been assessed that transport links to other NLL Venues are poor and would therefore extremely limit the opportunity for current members to exercise elsewhere.
- 40% of those surveyed at Shotts Leisure Centre would be negatively impacted with the introduction of new opening hours.
- 80% of those surveyed only use Shotts Leisure Centre.
John Smith Pool & Kilsyth Swimming Pool
- More information is needed to assess the wider impact to the community with regards to the proposal of reduced opening hours.
A further update will be given later in 2018 in relation to the proposals at John Smith Pool & Kilsyth Swimming Pool.
North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) is a registered Scottish charity, regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The purpose of NLL is to deliver sport, recreational, health improving and social welfare services to the community of North Lanarkshire. NLL is a not for profit company (NPDO) which is limited by guarantee.
North Lanarkshire Leisure’s vision is to provide exceptional customer service and value for money experience through the provision of a range of high quality sport, recreational and health improving activities.
The strategic objectives of the company are:
- To increase participation and improve performance in sport
- To increase visitor numbers
- To attract more visitors from disadvantaged groups
- To improve the service quality and the customer satisfaction rating
- To improve awareness of the North Lanarkshire Leisure Limited products and services
- To maximise revenue, while reducing costs and reinvesting surpluses in the company.
- To raise the profile of sport and leisure services and build the North Lanarkshire Leisure brand and sub-brands.