Next phase of consultation underway

Published: Friday 2 February 2024

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Residents across South Lanarkshire are being asked for their views on leisure and culture services across the area.

This is the third phase of consultation being carried out by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) services.

An online survey is currently available, and will remain open until Thursday 15 February.

This third phase focuses on the potential withdrawal from some facilities within South Lanarkshire.

A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture said: “Unprecedented budget pressures mean some extraordinarily difficult decisions are having to be made across public services. This includes South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, which, as well as our existing financial gap, is facing a potential £1.5 million reduction in the income we receive from its biggest funder South Lanarkshire Council, which itself is having to save more than £20m this year.

“Through two public consultations we have asked local people to help us prioritise the services we provide. These have helped us consider the potential withdrawal of our service from some facilities as a possible saving. Affected staff have been informed of this and all potential savings will now be subject to further public consultation.

“The final decision will be taken by the Board of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture after South Lanarkshire Council’s budget meeting on 21 February where a decision on the £1.5 million reduction in South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s management fee will be taken.

“If the withdrawal of SLLC is agreed, we will work together to assist the community in finding ways in which it can continue to operate the services.”

More information, including a link to the survey and responses to the initial consultation (phase one) can be found on South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s website. Responses to phase two of the consultation will be published on the same website from Monday 5 February.