Plans to privatise Stirling Council’s sports services were scuppered tonight (9th Feb) as a meeting of the full council voted unanimously in favour of a negotiated resolution to cancel the contract with a private supplier
The Tory/Labour Administration on Stirling Council has initially proposed to grant a 25 year contract for sports services to Sports and Leisure Management Ltd. This was met with fierce opposition from the SNP and members of the public.
Ahead of the meeting, SNP councillors managed to negotiate a climb down on these plans and the Administration have halted their privatisation agenda.
If this plan has gone through, Stirling would have been the only local authority to privatise leisure services in this way.
SNP Stirling Council Group Leader, Councillor Scott Farmer said:
“I am delighted that common sense has prevailed tonight and that the SNP have managed to negotiate a halt to the privatisation of sports services. However, we should never have been marched to the cliff edge in this way and serious questions must be answered by the Tory/Labour Administration who led this process.
“I am grateful to the many members of the public who voiced their outrage at these proposals, it is because of them that Tory/Labour coalition councillors were made to listen and back down on these plans.
“I would also like to pay tribute to those from Active Stirling who work hard to deliver the service that we have. Their dedication and the passion they have for what they do is why we can be proud of a service kept safe in public, not private, hands.”