Monday, November 08, 2010

Nairn Swimming Pool soon to be at 'arms length' ?

The P&J reports:

'Highland councillors will this week be asked to approve the next step in a process which could see the area’s culture and leisure facilities being run by a new charitable organisation.
The local authority is looking at outsourcing about £20million of services, including museums, swimming pools, libraries and community centres.'

There would be bonuses if this goes ahead. The Council would set up a company with charitable status that could avoid rates and qualify for funding that the council would be unable to access. What would happen however if that company then decided at some point in the future to close some pools? Would any potential discussion with the community also be at 'arms length'? Read the full article on the P&J here. Do we lose democratic accountability in the management of culture and leisure facilities?

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