To: Andrew Williams leader of Dacorum Borough Council

Keep leisure services community run

Keep leisure services community run

Dacorum Borough Council have put services for leisure management out to tender. This will result in the council and a profit led company taking money out of the facilities and no major new investment for the next 10 years.
Please sign this petition asking them to re-open negotiations with the incumbent operator Dacorum Sports Trust / Sportspace enabling the facilities to continue to be run by the community on a non-profit / charitable basis.

Why is this important?

• We believe that council owned leisure facilities should be operated on behalf of the community by an organisation that is part of the community
• We believe that publicly owned leisure facilities should not be run for profit by either the council or a management company
• We believe that the focus on activities that are driven by profit may result in the many clubs and sports that are currently enjoyed, being either priced out of the market or the facilities becoming unavailable.
• We believe that in partnership, Sportspace and Dacorum Borough Council can successfully rebuild and refurbish facilities that were not in the existing tender process benefiting the community further.
• We believe that any surplus generated by large scale investment by an operator should be reinvested in new leisure services unachievable via the existing tender.

For these reasons, we call on Dacorum Borough Council to not award the contract as intended, and to continue to use Dacorum Sports Trust / Sportspace to manage the contract.

Please sign the petition immediately and then join us here https://www.facebook.com/groups/leisurefacilitiesarenotforprofit

Hertfordshire

Reasons for signing

  • I was on contract recently in Hemel and a regular swimmer - I got to know the team and was so impressed by their dedication, calm efficiency and knowledge - it's a not for profit, it's a gem - it would be crazy to loose such a good thing! Ned
  • I signed the petition because I believe every individual in our community deserves the right to enjoy local leisure services and should be kept within the community, if the tender is handed out to a profit led company, it will fund the fat cats time and time again.
  • SportSpace is really well run & excellent value. Instructors are well qualified and really care about customers. There is a very broad range of different classes available and I fear this would change and costs go up. It is the best local leisure centre I have ever joined. Far superior to many privately run organisations I have tried. Catherine D

Updates

2018-01-15 18:02:00 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2018-01-05 15:39:32 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-01-04 07:33:29 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-01-03 08:15:45 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-01-03 06:52:18 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-01-03 02:19:01 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-01-03 00:08:02 +0000

10 signatures reached