A very big thanks to everyone who was able to attend the Public Meeting last night, especially on such a wet and windy Tuesday evening. For those who could not make it - after an informative, at times emotional and otherwise lively exchange, everyone in the “standing-room only” meeting in the New Millennium Chamber agreed:
§ Firstly, to endorse and express appreciation for the positions our Littlehampton Town Councillors and Rustington Parish Councillors have taken on the draft Arun District Leisure Strategy report. Last week they voted unanimously:
- To reject the consultant’s proposals to close the Windmill, and to sell parts, or all the Leisure Centre facilities on our seafront, for housing, and relocate them.
- To reject the analysis and opinion provided by the consultants on which those recommendations were based.
§ Secondly, to form a small community working group representing users of these facilities, plus interested individuals. This working group will to provide a “community voice” and support to Town Council effort to explore how to take issues you raised in the Public Meeting last night forward with ADC.
We thank everyone who offered their names to help. We are passing them to Peter Herbert, Littlehampton Town Clerk, as suggested by Councillor James Walsh, to facilitate an initial meeting of the group.
The wider view of the Public Meeting last night was the Windmill Centre and Swimming & Sport Centre are “front-line” community assets, which now cater for the culture, leisure, health and wellbeing of people of all ages. They offer tremendous community value, which should be recognized in District Council spending reviews and priorities. Moreover, they are ideally located to provide for multiple needs, not only of people living in Littlehampton, but also people from Rustington, East Preston, Angmering and other nearby communities.
What can you do NOW?
As our Town Councillors said, decisions on the fate of our community assets will be taken at Arun District Council level. The deadline that ARUN Council has set for its 19-day public consultation on the District Leisure Strategy ends this Friday, 5 October – in THREE Days
Even if it is only a few short lines, everyone is encouraged to write and offer your impressions of the Public Meeting last night and/or the proposals contained in the draft Leisure Strategy. Send them to:
PA to Assistant Director of Environmental Services
Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road
Littlehampton BN17 5LF
Also please email a copy to Env.firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who wish, it would immensely helpful to give your views, in an email or letter, to your MP
It only needs to take a few minutes. Please also send an email copy to:
- Cllr. Gillian Brown, The Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Council Strategy;
- Cllr. Paul Dendle, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services
- Mr. Nigel Lynn, Chief Executive, Arun District Council,
We all know what is at stake!
Again please feel free to circulate this message more widely in the community.