Councillor Cusack referred to the opening times of leisure centres at Derry and Strabane over the bank holiday period. She stated that she had received feedback from a considerable amount of users who expressed concern that Templemore Sports Complex and Foyle Arena were closed on the bank holiday. She suggested that Officers conduct a trial of opening these centres for the July bank holiday as a large number of people had expressed a desire to use the facilities over the holiday period.
The Head of Community Development and Leisure stated that the opening hours had been inherited from the Legacy Council and the facility opening times at bank holiday periods were rotated. He reported that one Tier 1 leisure centre was open in the Derry area during bank holidays and the opening arrangements were always well publicised in advance. He stated that to conduct a trial period of new opening hours and future harmonisation would involve consultation with trade unions regarding staffing arrangements.
In response to Councillor Cusack’s query on the timeframe for the consultation process, the Head of Community Development and Leisure stated that the opening arrangements for Tier 1 leisure centres had been a policy decision of Derry City Council and if the current provisions were to be reconsidered a financial assessment would be required. He stated that a detailed report on opening times at leisure centres within the City and District would be provided at a future Committee Meeting.
Recommended that a report be brought on the policy regarding the opening arrangements for Tier 1 leisure centres over bank holiday periods.