26th August 2016

MP Demands Answers on Future of Active Stirling

Steven Paterson MP and Bruce Crawford MSP

Stirling MP Steven Paterson has called on the Chief Executive of Stirling Council to give clarity on the tendering exercise of sports provision in Stirling.

In a letter, Mr Paterson asks for details of timescales of the process as well as information on what potential bidders have come forward.

Currently, the sports services in Stirling including The PEAK are managed by Active Stirling – a registered charity.

Steven Paterson commented: 

Steven Paterson MP and Bruce Crawford MSP

Steven Paterson ( Right) with Bruce Crawford supporting Active Stirling

“This is a very uncertain time for sports services in Stirling. Currently, the price of access to facilities such as The PEAK is kept low in part due to the charity status of the current operator, Active Stirling, who are exempt from VAT. In such a case that a private operator is successful in a bid to take on these services, they would be liable for VAT, a cost that would come straight from the pockets of service users.

“That is why I have asked Stirling Council for details of current bidders as well as the timescale of this process to get a better understanding as to how this unnecessary tendering exercise could affect my constituents.

“In this Olympic year, now more than ever we should be encouraging participation in sport and the Tory/Labour Administration on Stirling Council would have a lot to answer for if back-door privatisation prevented some people from being able to afford local sporting services.”