Stirling MP Steven Paterson has hit out at the ruling Tory/Labour Administration for not including filling the Councillor vacancies on the board of Active Stirling in the agenda of the latest meeting of the full council (Thursday 6th October, 2016).
The SNP had previously sought to fill two of the four vacancies by nominating Councillors Scott Farmer and Jim Thomson to the board after the resignation of the two Labour, one Tory and one Green Councillor serving on the board. However, Tory and Labour councillors voted down the nominations leaving the council with no representation on the board of the arms-length organisation which currently delivers sport provision on behalf of the council, employing around 400 staff.
The Tory/Labour Administration began the tendering process for sports services within Stirling some months ago despite fierce opposition from local MSP Bruce Crawford as well as Mr Paterson and the main opposition on Stirling Council. Sports services now face potential privatisation with tens of thousands of pounds wasted on the unnecessary tendering exercise.
Steven Paterson said:
“This is a worrying time for service staff and users who provide affordable access to sports facilities, such as The PEAK, for people across the Stirling area. This process of tendering is unnecessary and risks the privatisation of these services – which would see service users having to fork out for an expensive VAT bill, rendering it unaffordable for many.
“I am deeply concerned that the board of Active Stirling continues to have zero representation on it from locally elected Councillors at this crucial time when so many employees face uncertain futures. This is disgraceful and reckless failure by the Tory/Labour Administration.”