Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
HEALTHY LIVING AND SOCIAL CARE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE: 6TH NOVEMBER 2018
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 1ST OCTOBER 2018
“C428 THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN LEISURE STRATEGY (SCHL) –
The Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Leisure presented the report to seek approval for the Vale of Glamorgan Leisure Strategy.
The Member advised that the Council’s absence of a Leisure Strategy was identified in the Wales Audit Office report “The Future of Leisure Services in Wales – Delivering with Less”, which cited the Vale of Glamorgan Council as its only example of good practice in Wales for the procurement of its Leisure Management Contract and that following extensive consultation and the use of an external independent consultant a Strategy had now been produced.
The Strategy contained at Appendix A commented on eight key areas, outdoor sport, indoor sport and leisure, sports development, parks and open spaces, outdoor activities, play, exercise referral and community centres; detailing current provision, issues and future objectives. The Strategy linked to both the Council’s Corporate Plan and the Welsh Government’s Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and the Strategy was designed to cover the next ten years and therefore linked to the maximum time possible for the current Leisure Management Contract with Legacy Leisure.
The Member advised that a key theme of the Strategy was the need for the Council to continue to develop over the next ten years as an enabler and facilitator as opposed to direct funder of leisure services. This would involve the continuation and development of partnerships and alliances to provide opportunities for all to enjoy physical activity and the action plan detailed areas for work such as fees and charges, raising awareness of services, opportunities to promote more physical activities outdoors, potential for community asset transfers to reduce costs, increased community access to education facilities, exploring future partnership opportunities and greater long term planning.
In conclusion, the Cabinet Member stated that Cabinet was requested to endorse the Strategy at this stage and agree its referral to the Healthy Living and Social Care Scrutiny Committee for further consideration, prior to its return to Cabinet for formal adoption.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the report, accompanying the Vale of Glamorgan Leisure Strategy contained at Appendix A to the report and the Impact Assessment Report contained at Appendix B to the report be endorsed.
(2) T H A T the report, accompanying Vale of Glamorgan Leisure Strategy contained at Appendix A to the report and the Impact Assessment Report contained at Appendix B to the report be referred to the Healthy Living and Social Care Scrutiny Committee for its consideration prior to seeking agreement on the final Strategy by Cabinet in due course.
(3) T H A T the Healthy Living and Social Care Scrutiny Committee receive update reports on the implementation of the Strategy.
Reasons for decisions
(1) That the Council’s commitment to the principle of delivering Leisure opportunities allowing residents and visitors to enjoy healthier lifestyles be demonstrated.
(2) That the Scrutiny Committee be allowed to discuss the Strategy in more detail prior to any decisions being taken on the final Strategy document.
(3) That the Scrutiny Committee is kept updated on the progress made in delivering the Strategy’s commitments.”
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet: 1st October, 2018