Evidently a substance that could be asbestos insulation was discovered when work was being carried out ahead of the meeting to improve the Sound System (which was shown to be needed at the Cabinet Meeting). Watch this site and News Letters (and the Arun Council website) for Updates
The information below will still apply, read on...
AS USUAL, A PACKED PUBLIC GALLERY WILL REMIND THE COUNCILLORS THAT THESE POLICIES DO NOT HAVE PUBLIC SUPPORT, BUT, IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THEN AS AN ALTERNATIVE IT SEEMS THERE WILL BE LIVE FEED OF THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE COUNCIL WEBSITE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - there should be instructions HERE on Wednesday
SINCE THE MEETING, Littlehampton Town Council reacted to the information from Arun Council's Chief Executive about Inspire Leisure's discontinuation of Cinema at the Windmill, which was believed to be a Core Service. There is a Link to the LTC response lower down this page.
This was the third Public meeting about the Arun Leisure Policy proposals, and held at a different time of day to the others, and yet again it was packed to capacity with many having to stand. The change of time meant that for many of the attendees this was the first meeting they had been able to get to.
The meeting opened with a review of the Arun District Cabinet's recommendations to the full council. Counsellor James Walsh then outlined his view on the situation expressing support for retaining both the Swimming of Sports Centre and the Windmill in their present location.
He also reported the answer provided by Nigel Lynn CEO ADC to the question raised by Councillor Graham Tyler at the last Cabinet meeting. The question was: –
Inspire Leisure signed an agreement with the Council to provide a cinema as part of its core services; who gave them permission to stop that service?
The reply stated that the funding and management agreement with Inspire Leisure permits the council to review its core activities each funding year. At a meeting on 25 July 2012 between the Inspire Leisure board, Cllr Gillian Brown, Cllr Paul Dendle and Nigel Lynn it was agreed cinema, theatre and tennis would no longer be core activities with effect from April 2012
The background to this agreement was the need to identify £300,000 of savings from the contract agreement. It would appear Arun District Council allowed the Windmill to form part of the budget cuts they required Inspire Leisure to make. Click here to read Littlehampton Town Council's response to this information (Adobe Acrobat version) (or you can Click here to read the Text of the Letter as a web-page in your browser)
Angela Tester, Littlehampton Civic Society, spoke on the petition to save the Windmill which raised some 5000 signatures. The petition will be considered by the full council at its meeting on 20th March.
Phil McElain reported on the progress of the embryo Cinema Club. A management committee has been formed from volunteers who responded to the leaflet appeal before the cinema closed. The signs are hopeful but the cost of hiring the Windmill has still to be established. A meeting with the Council Leader Gillian Brown has been arranged.
There followed a question and answer session with questions and contributions from a wide range of Arun Residents, both long-term and relative newcomers. In response to an observation that the commercial value of the seafront sites made them virtually irresistable assets to be stripped from the community, councillor Ian Buckland made clear the need to continue the campaign.
The meeting rejected the argument put forward by Nigel Lynn, CEO ADC, and Cllr Dendle that they had to take account of the silent majority and therefore the Cabinet’s vote to overturn local views was reasonable; thus totally ignoring the views as reflected in their own Public Survey, Town and Parish councils votes, and recommendations of Council’s own Leisure, Tourism and Infrastructure Group. Plus the idea that 5,000 resident signatures on a petition counts for nothing.
At the end of the meeting resolution of no confidence in the Arun District Council Cabinet was passed unanimously.
This resolution of no confidence will be put to the full Council Meeting on 20th March. This meeting will consider the Cabinet's recommendations on the Leisure Strategy and make the final decision.
The Council meeting is at 6pm on 20th March in the Civic Centre.