Sarah Owen has joined with local activists to save Rye Sports centre, following discussions at Conservative-controlled Rother District Council that could result in £178,000 of subsidy being withdrawn. Without the subsidy the centre would need to cut back on hours, close part of its services (such as the pool) or close altogether.
Options being examined by the council include encouraging other providers, such as Rye Academy to take-on part of the service, although this could involve the centre’s services being broken up or the pool being closed.
Before the centre opened, local community activists fundraised under the name of ‘Rye Swimming Pool Association’, putting over £30,000 into the build.
“We spent years campaigning for this centre and I find it bizarre that Rother District Council want to withdraw funding for it. If they pull out it will be disastrous for our community. I question the priorities on where money is spent. You see massive levels of investment in other parts of Rother – we do seem to be the poor relation of Bexhill. We all benefit from its continued use and support – the positive health benefits have a knock-on to the NHS and Social Care. The Council need to think again.”
Sarah Owen said,
“Swimmers of all ages have expressed their fears over the future of the pool. I am saddened that Rother District Council has not sought to involve local people in this decision – especially those who raised so much money for it – and urge them to let people in Rye have their say.
Questions need to be asked of the Conservatives in charge at Rother as to why people in Rye could face losing their pool when investment is available elsewhere? I for one will be doing what I can to prevent the closure of any service at the centre.”
Sarah has set up a petition for people to sign below. Please show your support by signing.
We the undersigned call on Rother District Council to start discussions with local people in and around Rye on the future of the Sports Centre and to do everything possible to protect the centre and its service to local people.
Save Rye Sports Centre
This petition is now closed.
End date: Jun 19, 2015
Signatures collected: 171
|171||Colin Knight||Udimore||Please do not do this. We need the facility as part of our health and fitness strategy.|
|170||Dr. Gary McKay||So, the government complains about the health of its citizens, yet closes or sells off assets paid for by WE the people. Far time for Rye to regain control of its own affairs and give the Bexhill troika the boot.|
|169||Tim Brown||Rye||It would be a great disservice to the town of Rye to close the Sports Center. The reason we pay such high taxes and council tax is to ensure our children can continue to do sports, learn to swim etc. I strongly oppose the closing of the center|
|168||Claudia Brown||Rye||Looking for an area within commutable distance from London we settled on Rye and have only recently moved in to the area. One of the biggest draws to the town was the sport center for me and swimming my kids to use. We use the center nearly every day and would be devastated if it closes|
|167||Susan McGrath||Rye||People come from miles around to use the pool which was built with various community, lottery and tax funds.|
|165||Peter, Lesley & Matthew Kennedy||Northiam|
|164||sheila goldsmith||rye||l think it is so so bad that in this climate when we are all told to get fit and healthy, that the council are withdrawing the essential funding, l use the pool 3 times a week,l am disabled , it is the only activity can do. The council will be failing us in our time of need.|
|163||Kathy Stewart||St Leonards|
|161||Kevin lloyd||Rye||protect the sports centre we lost are stree lights we dont want to loose our sports centre|
|160||Amy Lowe||Hastings||We love this pool, swimming is such an important skill to learn, even more so when you live by the sea, it will be a terrible shame to lose it.|
|159||Louise Carlyle||st Leinards on Sea|
|158||Andrew Robey||St Leonards||A vital facility that must be kept open to all|
|156||Elizabeth Tooke||St Leonard's on sea||this swimming pool is one of the best in East Sussex it is a nice size pool and is kept extremely clean, lots of people that work in hotels use this facility on split shifts, it gives tourists with children something to do on a rainy day and it has excellent disabled facilities to get into the pool|
|155||wayne novis||winchelsea beach||I use the squash court, keep the squash court open - do not turn it into yet another dance studio. My daughter uses the swimming pool along with many other people in the area, in the day & age of promoting keeping fitter & healthier to relieve the burdern on the NHS - this goes against this ethos.|
|154||Samantha Gardner||These leisure centres are so important for the local community. Don't take away a valued local community centre which will have an impact on jobs and amenities for the locals in the town. Rye has so much to offer, a beautiful port town with alot of charracter, but like many coastal towns it has it's struggles financially. It needs a boost, not another hinderance!|
|153||Jo Mason||Beckley||My kids swim there, my son plays football, I play netball . There isn't much for youngsters to do in the local area. It must not close!|
|152||Sandi Bain||Rye||The swimming pool is a positive asset for the town, we would not be able to use other pools if it was closed and as I am getting old, a weekly swim is a core part of our fitness strategy. We are already restricted when we can use the pool because of the opening hours.|
|151||Zena Brooker||Rye||How dare the council remove their funding from this excellent facility. RYE NEEDS OUR LEISURE CENTRE.|
|150||Nina Truckel||Camber, Rye||Everybody from young to old use these facilities, it's local and accessible from all types of transport, young children can learn to swim here and parents can relax and socialize, adults can exercise and attend the gym or the activities laid on. I, who learned to swim here, will sadly miss being able to go to the rye sports centre, as I'm wanting to take swimming up again|
|149||sarah Eggleston||rye||I use the centre most day, it would be terrible to lose|
|148||Annie smith||playden||as a member I no nothing about closure !|
|147||Kristina Clode||Rye||Please consult with the locals on this, it is their sports centre just as much as the council's! The council should be acting with local residents not against them!|
|142||Pam Shallcrass||St Leonards on Sea||Please keep this open.|
|139||Cheryl Chester||Rye||Rye people need to be taken into consideration and consulted.|
|132||Dominique ivil||fairlight||rye leisure centre provides facilities for rural people who may not be able to access other facilities which willl aid their long term health and well being|
|131||Rose Harris||Three Oaks|
|128||Catherine Jobling||Rye||If rother must cut their support can the local parishes raise their precept to make up the shortfall. This local facility is a fantastic resource. I am willing to pay more precept to keep the polol open.|
|126||Sheila Fellows-Turnbull||Fairlight||I thought HMG was trying to encourage a healthier lifestyle|
|125||Louisa Jennings||Rye||We need this sports center open. There is little for the children to do already and i personally use the swimming pool to help my arthritis.|
|124||Elizabeth Buchner||Peasmarsh||The town of Rye and the surrounding villages need to have this facility saved as it used by the people and the school for not just swimming but for keep fit classes|
|123||mandy ashenden||fairlight||Over the last few months my daughter and I have been using the pool every week , please don't take away this valued facility. We love it!!!|