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Eastbourne Sports Complex Break Even (WO2)


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Following the replacement of the artificial grass pitch and remodelling of staffing and facilities over a period of time, it is proposed that Eastbourne can move to break even by 2021.

The main facilities include:

  • Outdoor grassed football pitches
  • Synthetic turf pitch, which is about to be replaced with funding from the Football Foundation
  • National standard athletics track
  • Bowls green / club house
  • Climbing boulder
  • Outdoor play facilities
  • Indoor facilities; education room, fitness suite and team changing facilities


W02 Eastbourne Sports Complex - Break Even

Related FAQs

Won’t reduced street cleaning and grass cutting make the area look more unsightly and cause health issues?

Won’t reduced street cleaning and grass cutting make the area look more unsightly and cause health issues?

The Council has a legal duty to ensure as far as reasonably practical that footpaths and the highway are free from litter and that people do not come to harm when visiting parks and open spaces. Much of the work we have done in the past was well above what was legally required, but due to the increasing pressure on our budgets we are being forced to cut back on these services to minimum levels. It is sadly inevitable that there will be an impact and we would urge local residents, and visitors to the borough, to play their part in keeping the area tidy - use litter bins provided or take your litter home to dispose of it. Larger items can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre or you can arrange for collection via the council. We would also welcome any ideas from voluntary and community groups about how they can get involved. Working together we can help keep Darlington a tidy and pleasant place in which to live, work and visit. 

Your Say

4 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal


Cut W02 (Eastbourne Sports Complex Break Even)

There is no explanation as to how the complex will break even. What changes will be made to current expenditure and or where are additional revenue streams coming from

FF 52e (School Crossing Patrols Provided to Existing Standards)
Cut W02 (Eastbourne Sports Complex Break Even)
FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)

Crown Street Library must be kept at all costs.
Public Opinion: I have spent 3 full days in all weathers, with others helping, outside the Library, Wilkos, Post Office, High Row collecting signatures on the Echo coupons asking for more time.
People crossed the road to sign, queued up to sign, stopped what they were doing even with little children, shopping, on lunch break.
People were of ALL ages, gender, physical ability, ethnicity. From ALL OVER the town.
They spontaneuously and practically unanimously expressed their anger that yet another piece of Darlington's history was under threat.
That the Library building was important because it was given to the townspeople and they want to keep it as a library.
That they most certainly did not want to use a library in the Dolphin as it is an unsuitable environment.
There were teenagers, young families, all kinds of people, making these statements equally vehemently.
Some people were concerned about limited access - what if the lift breaks down in the Dolphin and they can;t manage the stairs. Some people don;t like lifts and can;t manage the stairs. There are already queues for the ground floor toilets at times and they don;t like lifts.
The overwhelming anger at the Council was shocking and upsetting.
It would be a grave mistake to sell off Crown Street that people will never forget.
Suprise was expressed by a single person in the public budget meeting that most people were there about the Library, that they were more concerned about losing a building than services for broken people. I have been told a number of times over the last 15 years that this is the Council's belief. I do not think your voters are with you on this and I have spoken to a great many.
We all know that we live in a digital world, and book borrowing is falling.
However there is a nationally recognised 'digital divide' of 20% of people who do not have access to digital services.
This is not a valid reason to close Crown Street. There is plenty of scope to revitalise the need for libraries as centres for equal, accessible, neutral, comfortable access to knowledge, learning, creativity, words in a comfortable space but with a digital emphasis and a cafe. The need for libraries to provide their traditional roles digitally is needed more than ever. It is also needed more than ever because of the increasing number of people arriving in our town with little or no access to our language and culture. The Library is a perfect place for them to be made welcome, and for us all to learn to communicate and share and value our differences.
The Library WILL be smaller despite claims that it will be the same. It will be less than half the size of Crown Street's ground floor. And there are no plans for where the archives, art collection and art gallery will go which constitute the other half of the space in Crown Street. Local Studies will be much reduced accessibility on an appointmenets system. This is despite the numbers of people using it last year being 17,200.
£330,000 needs to be sacrificed from the Futures Fund to replace the funding that having the Library in the Dolphin would contribute to its costs. I suggest that this could be found:
£66K The Mayoral costs
£60K Eastbourne Sport Centre which is running at a loss, hoping to break even in 2021. This is hardly fair to accommodate another sports facility when the Crown Street is being put under threat.
£40K Festival of Thrift. I don't see this as adding greatly to the town.
£60K Interest from the proposed Loan which would be unnecessary if the Library stayed in Crown Street
£50K Halve the amount spent on stock every year by the Library.
£50K Replace some School Crossing staff with volunteers.

Cut W02 (Eastbourne Sports Complex Break Even)
FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)

If part of the plan is to increase footfall in the Dolphin Centre this could be achieved by closing the facility at the Eastbourne Sports venue? The library is part of our heritage and should remain so.

Cut S09 (Obesity Management)
Cut W02 (Eastbourne Sports Complex Break Even)
Cut W06 (Dolphin Centre)

I am a carer for a lady with MS. I have over the past few months be taking this lady to Eastbourne Sports Centre on a Wednesday, where she meets with the MS Group and does excercises with the staff. She thoroughly enjoys this and as a result has enrolled in the gym at the Dolphin Centre and has one to one with [...] on a Tuesday and every other Friday. This again she enjoys. Taking her to both these places has also encouraged myself and my daughter to join the gym. [...] and the other staff, [...] just to name another couple, really help to keep the spirits up of, not only the MS Group but myself as a carer and gym goer. As it has come to my attention that these staff are to be made redundant I felt the need to let you know of my disappointment. They are a great help both physically and mentally to all who come into contact with them. For myself and my daughter, we both need to lose some weight and we were not made to feel in any way inadequate because of our weight, but encouraged. These people would be a great loss to the facilities that you have at the Dolphin Centre and I hope enough people sing their praises to get this decision reversed.