Agenda and minutes

Places Leisure Eastleigh Consultative Group - Tuesday, 3 April 2012 7:00 pm

Venue: The Park Suite, Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh

Contact: Julia Roy, Democratic Services Officer Tel: 023 8068 8133; Email: 

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Minutes of Previous Meeting and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 21 KB


The Minutes of the meeting held on 11 October 2011 were agreed as a correct record.


Matters Arising:


On Minute 4 (Update from Clubs- Fleming Park Squash Club) the General Manager confirmed that she had e-mailed the Chairman of the Squash Club with a proposal concerning his query regarding the possibility of a discount scheme for Club members who wished to use the squash courts outside of the Club’s normal Tuesday night session.


General Management Report pdf icon PDF 14 KB


The Sport and Active Lifestyles Manager introduced a report which provided updates on maintenance and major projects, attendances and customer comments in relation to Fleming Park.


Major projects between September 2011 and February 2012 included:


·  Replacement of floors and repainting of walls in squash courts 1 and 2;

·  Complete refurbishment of showers and walls in female group changing rooms;

·  Repainting of male gym changing rooms;

·  Section of gym flooring repaired after structural failure;

·  Resealing of main hall floor;

·  Major repairs to roofing following thefts of lead in October/November 2012.  It was hoped that the existing CCTV system could be upgraded;

·  Completion of hairdressing salon in October 2011.


A further stage of work had been completed on the Fleming Park Development Plan.  This had involved investigating business cases for different types of provision, including type of swimming pool, dryside arena and possible extreme sports.  Discussions with Councillors and the Council’s Management Team had identified that the lifespan of the Plan would now cover more than the original five years. 


The next phase of work was to be a feasibility appraisal of options for the built environment, involving use of the current site or the current Civic Offices site, including the park and the old golf course.  It was hoped that this work would be concluded in the summer.  The Group agreed that the Centre must modernise and that it was good to consider incorporating facilities unavailable locally, such as a running track and an ice rink.  The Chairman added that a good team was working on the Development Plan, and that consideration must be given to the most viable options.  The Local Plan must also be taken into consideration, together with the impact of the Olympics on particular sports.  Group members were welcome to put forward any ideas.


Total attendances between September 2011 and February 2012 had fallen by less than 1% compared with the same six month period last year.  This equated to 3,614 visits.  However, total attendances from December 2011 to February 2012 had exceeded those in the same period last year.


Swimming figures had risen by 2%, equating to an increase of 3,000 attendances.  Football figures, however, continued to decline.  It was reported that promotion had had a positive effect and numbers were now improving.  Prices had been frozen in October 2011and they would be looked at again in October 2012. 


Attendances at the over 50s sessions continued to rise and aerobics figures continued to be boosted by popular classes such as Zumba.  Non-traditional uses of the Centre were also popular, and in particular, the “Flabelos” machine, which had been installed in place of the sunbed.  This was so popular that a second machine had been ordered.


Cleanliness continued to be an issue highlighted in customer comments.  It was pointed out that often this related to litter being left in studios, giving the appearance that they were not clean.  The General Manager reported that, with over one million visits to the centre per year, the Studios were in constant use, making it very difficult to keep them clean and tidy.  However, rotas were constantly reviewed and efforts were being made to address this issue.


Update from Clubs


Eastleigh Running Club: Colin Jones reported that:


·  The Club was continually expanding, with currently 300 members and 2-3 people joining every week; 

·  From the coming Thursday, the grass track around the old golf course would be used, although some members preferred to use the track at Southampton Sport Centre; 

·  A Saturday morning park run took place, around Wide Lane and Lakeside, which from w/c 16 April, would also be held on Thursdays.  The Club would host the run on 28 April;

·  Midweek races for local clubs took place in the summer, and on 4 July it would take place on the old golf course, with over 300 runners;

·  Members would take part in the Marwell 10K, the Childrens Fun Run and the Wyvern College 10K.  74 members had taken part in the Eastleigh 10K run;

·  A beginners’ group was starting on 16 April, with 16 places;

·  A Club member had become British champion at the National Indoor Athletics final, and a lady member had been selected for Team GB in September.  At the Eastleigh Sports Awards, the Club had won Senior Team of the Year and Club of the Year, and had also been nominated as Club of the Year at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards;

·  Assembly outside the Park Suite had been proving difficult, especially in winter, as this involved 80 people, although only for 5-10 minutes;

·  Some dryside lockers were faulty, and access to them was also proving difficult;

·  It was queried whether, if a running off-road track was provided in the future, distance markers could be provided for users.  The Sport and Active Lifestyles Manager advised that the track was only a concept at the moment, but that consultation would take place with potential users before a decision was made;

·  A number of trophies had been won by the Club and members regretted that there was nowhere at the Centre to display them.  The General Manager reported that other clubs had queried this and it was an issue that would be considered for the future in the Development Plan.


Bowls: Dave Moore reported that:


·  The new season would start in mid April, until September;

·  This year marked the 75th anniversary of the Club and some prestigious matches were planned, in conjunction with Bowls England and Bowls Hampshire;

·  The Club premises were leased by the Borough Council, and the Club enjoyed an excellent relationship with Council officers, who dealt promptly with any problems.  Club members were grateful for the work carried out on the green, solar panels had been installed on the clubhouse, and improvements made to the ladies toilets.  The Chairman thanked Club members for their co-operation during the installation of the solar panels, which had required fitting on a tight timescale;

·  Some anti-social behaviour had taken place around the Club site.  The Sport and Active Lifestyles Manager advised that more prominent signage stating that CCTV was in place was probably needed;

·  Taster sessions were to be run during the season, for which tuition and equipment would be provided.


5.0 Club: Cath Abraham reported that:


·  Numbers were currently stable;

·  The REACT Games had been held at the Centre in November 2011.  The Club had won 2 gold and 2 silver over 50s badminton awards and 1 gold over 60s badminton award;

·  Congratulations were offered to Ann Hardy, the 5.0 co-ordinator, who had won an award for services to health at the Eastleigh Sports Awards;


EDSAD: Paul Kirkpatrick reported that:


·  With help from the Council, the teaching pool continued to be booked, as it provided a shallow, warm environment for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Any Other Business


Olympics: In response to a query, the General Manager confirmed that open days and other events were planned to tie in with the Olympics, which would be publicised nearer the time.


Sports Awards Nominations: The Sport and Active Lifestyles Manager requested nominations for the Eastleigh Sports Awards 2012.  Successful nominations would go on to the Hampshire Sports Awards.  Eastleigh had had three successes in 2011.  More information would be provided this year regarding the details required when submitting a nomination.  The current categories were as follows:


·  Junior Volunteer of the Year

·  Senior Volunteer of the Year

·  Junior Team of the Year

·  Senior Team of the Year

·  Coach of the Year

·  Official of the Year

·  Club of the Year

·  Senior Sportsperson of the Year

·  Senior Disability Sportsperson of the Year

·  Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year

·  Junior Disability Sportsperson of the Year

·  Service to Health

·  Service to Sport