Politicking jibe over review rethink call over North Walsham, Cromer and Stalham sports centres
19:24 13 December 2012
A move to get a simultaneous review of sports centres at North Walsham, Cromer and Stalham has been rejected amid accusations of “party politicking.”
North Norfolk District Council cabinet has already agreed to look at the North Walsham dual use deal because it wants to cut the annual cash it pays the school by more than half - to about £18,500 - introduce a £1 adult and 60p child entry fee, and gradually increase user charges.
Officers were also given the go-ahead to look at similar agreements at Cromer and Stalham.
But the council’s overview and scrutiny committee asked the cabinet to rethink and do all the reviews together.
However Conservative cabinet member John Lee said the move had been made for “purely party political reasons” adding the aim was to act for the whole of north Norfolk.
He urged the North Walsham members to work with the committee to find a solution which reduced the burden on the district.
Liberal Democrat North Walsham councillor Peter Moore said the reference back of the issue was done because they represented their constituents, adding, to laughter from the Tory side of the chamber, he took exception to the claim the move was a political matter.
Mr Moore said locals also seemed to be saying “nobody is talking to us” over the issue.
Mr Ivory said the reason no talks were ongoing at the moment was because they had lost a month because of the overview committee intervention. Cabinet rejected the suggested changes.