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Councillors warn of grant funding risks

Councillors have warned of the dangers of accepting grants for capital projects which may not be sustainable in the future.

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The comments were made in a discussion about the Queen Elizabeth II Sports Hall, which was funded by Sport England, at the November 8th Full Council meeting.

It was revealed at the meeting that the Sports Hall costs £50,000 a year to run and the school’s contribution will be “significantly reduced” when it becomes an Academy.

Cllr Joel Williams said: "I think this is a real reminder to us as Councillors as we accept capital funding to think about the ongoing consequences and liabilities [down the line] and the risk that those grant-funded acceptances take.”

Cllr Harry Legg agreed, saying: “My understanding is that there’s been a feeling in the community since this Sports Hall was built that it's far too big and was going to cost us a lot of money and those people seem to be right."

However, Vice-Chairman Fran Grottick urged Members not to focus on the past.

She said: "I know historically there have been issues over the size of the facility but on the other hand I don’t think we can go back in time and apportion blame now because we're not fully in possession of all the facts."

After a long debate, Members reluctantly agreed that the school will pay £15,000 per year for use of the Sports Hall when it becomes an Academy, a significant reduction to the current fee of £30,000.

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