Reacting to the closure of the Staylittle Outdoor Centre, the Powys Liberal Democrats have suggested that little has changed at the Council since the new Independent/Conservative Cabinet was formed in May, as poor financial management continues to reduce services.
Staylitte Outdoor Centre, around seven miles north-west of Llanidloes, is to be withdrawn from the contract with Freedom Leisure, the company that runs the Council’s sports and leisure facilities, as part of plans to slash its leisure services budgets. The facility will be closed by April 2018.
Cllr James Gibson-Watt, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat group on Powys County Council, said:
“This really is the end of an era. Staylittle has been such a valuable resource for the children and young people of Powys, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, including disabled children and young people, who would not otherwise have been able to experience the sort of outdoor activities delivered from the centre.”
“This closure will make no significant difference to the Council’s overall financial position, which remains dire. Decisions like this are being taken to meet often arbitrary targets, with only modest financial savings producing enormous losses of opportunity and service for the people of the county.”
“While the Conservatives, when in opposition in the previous council, opposed many of these damaging proposals, now they are in power they implement them without in any way showing that they have the ability to bring the Council’s overall budget under control, which must be the top priority.”