Labour Parliamentary Candidate criticises Leisure Centre contract over apparent lifeguard withdrawal

Published on: Wednesday, 21st August 2019
Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston

The prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Erewash has raised concerns about cuts to lifeguards during children's swimming lessons in the borough.

Conservative led Erewash Borough Council recently handed over responsibility for running borough leisure centres to contractor Parkwood Leisure.

Ms. Atkinson said that she suspects one of the decisions that has followed is the withdrawal of lifeguards from children’s swimming lessons, adding that the provision of lifeguards during lessons were previously deemed essential.

Catherine said: “At my son’s lessons there used to be a life guard watching, now the instructor has to ensure the safety of all the children in the class as well as teaching them to swim.  I’m calling for the life guards during children’s swimming lessons to be returned immediately.  I know this call will be supported by many people who live in Erewash and believe profit shouldn’t be put above our children’s safety.”

Cllr Pam Ashley, Labour Shadow Member for Culture and Leisure said: “The Council has serious questions to answer about whether their contract with the private company has allowed life guards to be withdrawn from children’s swimming lessons.  I will be pressing them on how much the company has spent on marketing and any changes that have been made to staffing.  I want to know how these decisions are being made and where the accountability is to the people of Erewash.”

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