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Agenda item

Notice of Motion given by Councillor Rob Frost

That this Council:-

 

(a)       believes it is important to support grassroots sport within the city for its well documented community, public health and emotional wellbeing benefits;

           

(b)       notes the shocking condition of many Council-owned football pitches across Sheffield and considers this a barrier to grassroots participation;

           

(c)        welcomes the announcement by the Coalition Government, alongside the Football Association and the Premier League, to invest £102 million in grassroots football facilities; and

           

(d)       calls upon the Administration to bid into this fund to radically improve grassroots football facilities in Sheffield, the home of football.

Minutes:

 

Sports Pitches

 

 

 

It was moved by Councillor Rob Frost, seconded by Councillor David Baker, that this Council:-

 

 

 

(a)       believes it is important to support grassroots sport within the city for its well documented community, public health and emotional wellbeing benefits;

           

(b)       notes the shocking condition of many Council-owned football pitches across Sheffield and considers this a barrier to grassroots participation;

           

(c)        welcomes the announcement by the Coalition Government, alongside the Football Association and the Premier League, to invest £102 million in grassroots football facilities; and

           

(d)       calls upon the Administration to bid into this fund to radically improve grassroots football facilities in Sheffield, the home of football.

 

 

 

Whereupon, it was moved by Councillor Isobel Bowler, seconded by Councillor David Barker, as an amendment, that the Motion now submitted be amended by the deletion of paragraphs (b) to (d) and the addition of new paragraphs (b) to (d) as follows:-

 

 

 

(b)       welcomes the £4m the Council has secured in recent years from the Football Association and the Football Foundation, enabling investment in pitches across the city from Totley to Bawtry Road and Parsons Cross to Norfolk Park;

 

 

 

(c)        confirms that the Council is working with governing bodies and Sport England on identifying and funding the next wave of improvements; and

 

 

 

(d)       regrets the significant Government cuts to Sheffield’s funding which have resulted in a reduction in the parks budget of £4m since 2010 and further regrets the resulting impact on maintenance and investment budgets for our parks, including sports pitches.

 

 

 

On being put to the vote the amendment was carried.

 

 

 

The original Motion, as amended, was then put as a Substantive Motion in the following form and carried:-

 

 

 

RESOLVED:  That this Council:-

 

 

 

(a)       believes it is important to support grassroots sport within the city for its well documented community, public health and emotional wellbeing benefits;

 

 

 

(b)       welcomes the £4m the Council has secured in recent years from the Football Association and the Football Foundation, enabling investment in pitches across the city from Totley to Bawtry Road and Parsons Cross to Norfolk Park;

 

 

 

(c)        confirms that the Council is working with governing bodies and Sport England on identifying and funding the next wave of improvements; and

 

 

 

(d)       regrets the significant Government cuts to Sheffield’s funding which have resulted in a reduction in the parks budget of £4m since 2010 and further regrets the resulting impact on maintenance and investment budgets for our parks, including sports pitches.

 

 

 

(Note: Councillors Simon Clement-Jones, Shaffaq Mohammed, Rob Frost, Sylvia Anginotti, Colin Ross, Joe Otten, Penny Baker, Diana Stimely, Roger Davison, Sue Alston, Andrew Sangar, Denise Reaney, Ian Auckland, Anders Hanson, Katie Condliffe, David Baker and Trevor Bagshaw voted for paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) and against paragraph (d) of the Substantive Motion and asked for this to be recorded.