The District Council’s Review Committee voted 6-0 tonight NOT to lease out the five new youth sports pitches by Rayleigh Leisure Centre to a local club. Instead the District Councill will manage them directly.
This is in line with what the Council’s Cabinet had decided earlier; the Review Committee could have overturned this, but decided not to.
The idea is that these pitches would be used for several boys games on Sundays, but probably not at other times.
Rayleigh councillor Keith Gibbs proposed keeping with Council control – his main concern seemed to be that girls should be allowed to play , and he wanted five clubs to be playing their home games there. He was seconded by Terry Livings , also from Rayleigh, who wanted to see fairness. Councillors Steptoe (Barling), Mrs Lucas-Gill (Rochford), Maddocks (Hockley) and Carole Weston (Hockley) all voted with them.
Chris Black was the only councillor to speak against. He said that:
It was frustrating that some councillors were asking questions that could have been answered by representatives of the clubs in the public gallery – but they weren’t invited to speak.