At a meeting of Stirling Council last Thursday (3rd March), Tory and Labour Councillors voted to block SNP Councillors being able to sit on the board of directors for Active Stirling.
The move comes in response to an SNP motion calling for Councillors Scott Farmer and Jim Thomson to be appointed to the Board of Active Stirling whilst the organisation is still contracted to provide much of Stirling Council’s sports services.
The Tory/Labour Administration has currently embarked on a tendering exercise that could see future sports services privatised in Stirling. A number of Administration Councillors, including Council Leader Cllr Boyd, spoke against the motion; each citing opposition due to how it would affect the tendering/privatisation exercise.
Commenting, Councillor Thomson said:
“Both Councillor Farmer and myself are fundamentally opposed to this unnecessary tendering exercise. Rushing into this costly process is already causing undue worry and stress to Active Stirling’s staff and service users.
“That is why I am more than willing to sit on the board during this time – it is hugely important that those affected by this tendering exercise are given every ounce of support possible from elected Stirling Council representatives.”
SNP Council Group Leader, Councillor Scott Farmer added:
“There are few outside of the Tory/Labour Stirling Council Administration who agrees with this Tory ideological proposal who are hell-bent on privatising a service that a large number of people rely on as part of an active and healthy lifestyle.
“Now that the coalition have told SNP Councillors to keep their noses out and we have been denied the option to become Board members, we will continue to campaign to have this decision overturned for the benefit of the people of Stirling.”