Michelle drops motion on outcome of leisure centre consultations after her own consultation with council leader

09:52 26 July 2014

Hudson Centre. Wisbech.

Hudson Centre. Wisbech.


The councillor in charge of leisure at Fenland Council pulled a motion about her consultation on leisure centre changes after a consultation with her leader suggested it was not a good idea!

Councillor Michelle Tanfield’s motion would have amended the decision by Fenland Council in February that insisted the original names of the four centres should be fully restored.

It would have meant the council’s ‘New Vision Fitness’ re-branding would be visible only when customers entered the four centres.

Cllr Tanfield, who took up the leisure portfolio in leader John Clark’s recent reshuffle, had tabled a motion in which she said she had now consulted all those involved and there was support to allow both the old and new names to go up outside each building.

“All of the people we have spoken to were more than happy to embrace the New Vision name but did not want to lose the important historical names,” said her motion.

However at a private meeting of the ruling Conservative group an hour before Thursday’s council meeting she was told to remove the motion, fearful of another public row over the re branding.

But Fenland Council leader John Clark still believes both names need to co-exist at each leisure centre.

He said afterwards he had spoken to both the Campbell family and the Hudson Trust in respect of the March and Wisbech centres and neither objected to New Vision forming part of the exterior signage.

Cllr Clark said he was “hopeful” of the issue being resolved quickly but re-iterated that with leisure centres under continuing financial pressure New Vision branding would stay.


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