Agenda and minutes

Places Leisure Eastleigh Consultative Group - Tuesday, 4 October 2016 7:00 pm

Venue: The Function Room, Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh

Contact: Mateusz Dobrowolski, Democratic Services Officer Tel: 023 8068 8080 Email: 

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Minutes of Previous Meeting and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 97 KB


The Minutes of the meeting held 22 March 2016 were agreed as a correct record after the following amendments:


·  A Thompson attended the meeting, J Birt and S Urquhart did not attend the meeting 

·  Pool side hoist instead of Pool Pod access lift


Matters arising –

·  Pool hoist confirmed as operational

·  Parking - As January to March was a busy period caution to be shown on special events. Action: P Leamore

·  C Jenkins reported a problem with car parking but coping. County Cross Country Championship was not feasible at Fleming Park



Presentation from Interserve


The new Fleming Park Leisure Centre was taking shape adjacent to the current building, with the existing centre continuing to operate as normal during the construction period, with customers able to use all its facilities.


Interserve presented drone videos showing the progress achieved on the New Fleming Park project from April 2016 to September 2016. Attached, via dropbox, is the presentation.


For the latest news on the Fleming Park Development see:



Proposed Scale of Charges from January 2017 pdf icon PDF 265 KB


Andy Thompson, Local Area Manager, presented Agenda item 4 which included an appendix detailing proposed fees for January 2017.


In accordance with the Cabinet’s agreed budget guidelines and the Council’s commitment to consult with the Group on prices for Fleming Park, the proposed charges from January 2017 were presented for consideration.


The charges were the result of joint discussions between Council officers and Places for People’s management and therefore represented a joint proposal. The overall target yield for increases were set by the Council and for 2017, this figure was an additional 2.6%.This did not mean that all charges would rise by this amount; other factors would be taken into consideration. These factors included trends, operational costs, recent investment, competitors’ pricing policies, and customer’s ability to pay as well as the upcoming new leisure centre planned for completion in 2017. The overall yield for the price changes was 2.34%.


There were several non-core prices not included in the appendix e.g. Personal Trainer and Shower hire etc.


Places For People Limited Update on Performance


Jo Parker, Places for People, reported that the Centre was performing well however, membership was down across the Group. There was excitement due to the anticipation of the new centre. Due to the investment in the new centre significant improvements would not be made to the current centre. Recent customer satisfaction scores had improved.


Action: Clubs would be consulted when the current Programme Plan was reviewed, prior to moving to the new centre. The relationships with clubs would not diminish following the move to the new centre.


Action: The project team would consider the access controls to ensure that the runners had ingress.



Update from Clubs




Lynne Massey reported that ballet classes were dropping from 30 classes to 15.




Paul Kirkpatrick reported that there was an increase in the number of swimmers for exclusive swimming sessions for the Disabled at Fleming Park Leisure Centre with a hoist and poolside steps available to ease access to the water. The swimmers were allowed the use of floats and other swimming aids such as snorkels.


Swimming Tuesdays 8pm-9pm.


Sub Aqua Club


Andrew Jackson reported that the club were celebrating 45 years in 2016. Romsey, who share facilities with Eastleigh, had applied for the Clubmark accreditation (Sports England’s National Accreditation Scheme for high quality community sports clubs and stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management).


Eastleigh Gym Users


Edward Szary reported that the sauna was currently broken but new parts had been ordered.


Eastleigh Running Club


Carl Jenkins reported that the club now had seven ‘Level 3’ coaches and competes in numerous leagues, championships and relay events every year on the road, cross-country and on the track. The club also had numerous ‘special interest’ groups including those who compete in long-distance and challenge events on off-road trails. For these events the club has multiple category winners.


Swimming Club


Lydia Browning reported that the club had 155 on the waiting list. Also, the Chairman, aged 45, swam the channel in 13 hours and 5 minutes.


Bowls Club


The Bowls club sent their report via email. Firstly, the club registered its thanks to Interserve for cooperation during the Leisure Centre building works. Problems had arisen over water supply to the building and on each occasion Interserve had been most helpful solving the difficulties. The Function Room was used extensively by the community and wedding receptions or parties would have had to be cancelled had not Interserve acted promptly.


The club had another successful season, its ladies team won their Southampton and District League and the men’s first team retained the District League Championship title. Bowlers fared well in National, Regional, County and District competitions. Pride of place went to Alan Forrest Snr., the club President, whose seasonal successes included winning the prestigious Southampton Open Tournament where he beat an opponent from Holland in the final.


The club continued to enjoy a purposeful relationship with the Council.  In particular, Dave Bowen, Parks and Open Space Manager, always listened and helped whenever he could.  The club participated in the Council’s Summer of Sport initiative and a few new bowlers may take up the sport in 2017 as a result.


An ongoing concern was the lack of street lighting in Kornwestheim Way.  The power supply for the lighting came from the former Civic offices and it was understood that the lighting could not be restored until the site was redeveloped.



Customer Comments


There were no customer comments at this time.


Date of Next Meeting


It was AGREED:


That the next meeting would take place on 14 March 2017 at Fleming Park.


Any Other Business


There was no other business discussed at this time.