Appeal for Torfaen leisure trustees as only ten apply

Free Press Series: Appeal for Torfaen leisure trustees as only ten apply Appeal for Torfaen leisure trustees as only ten apply

ONLY ten people applied to join a board of trustees to help run leisure services in Torfaen, forcing the council to extend the application period.

The original closing date was November 16, and a presentation evening for shortlisted applicants was scheduled for November 28.

Interviews were due to be held this week.

But with nine places to be filled the council deemed ten applicants were not enough.

The council will now be holding a presentation evening on Wednesday, December 12, at Pontypool Active Living Centre at 6pm, for anyone interested in becoming a trustee, in the hope that more people will come forward.

The local authority has taken the decision to create a new not-for-profit leisure trust to manage the future delivery of its leisure services, which could take over from as early as next spring.

It is expected to save the council £1.2 million over the next five years.

The trustees will work in a voluntary capacity, setting the strategy for the operation of the leisure facilities and will oversee the delivery of the business plan.

The council is seeking people with a local perspective who can contribute professional and business skills including financial, legal, property and business management.

A one-off budget of around £100,000 would be used to establish the non-profit organisation.

This body would be able to borrow money to improve and maintain the facilities it is responsible for.

A council spokesman said: “We have extended the deadline for applicants to give people more time to come forward. We’ve had a lot of interest from the public but only ten people have officially applied.

“We would encourage everyone to apply as we are looking for a board that will help support and drive forward leisure in Torfaen while best representing the people of Torfaen.”

Application packs can be obtained by contacting Liz Thomas on 01495 766702 or you can e-mail liz.

thomas@torfaen.gov.uk The roles and responsibilities of trustees will be explained at the presentation evening.

For more information contact Robin Thompson on 07584 486046.

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9:21pm Fri 7 Dec 12

CwmbranMark says...

I'm surprised that they managed to get 10 volunteers so far.

Why on earth would somebody want to be landed with the huge responsibility of running a multi-million pound business for no pay?

Such a high profile public service will quite rightly be the centre of public scrutiny, especially in the first few years, and the trustees will be held to account for everything.

Until now, Torfaen Council have paid staff to manage this service, so will we be getting a council tax rebate for the savings in their salary bill? I thought not...

The councillors and executive board of Torfaen Council claim their salary on a monthly basis. How about they do their job for nothing, before having the cheek to ask anybody else to.

Cameron's big society is simply trying to pay peanuts (or nothing) to replace skilled management.

This just goes to show, if you pay peanuts you will get (a very small number of) monkeys. If you want professional people to do a professional job you have to pay the professional rate.
I'm surprised that they managed to get 10 volunteers so far. Why on earth would somebody want to be landed with the huge responsibility of running a multi-million pound business for no pay? Such a high profile public service will quite rightly be the centre of public scrutiny, especially in the first few years, and the trustees will be held to account for everything. Until now, Torfaen Council have paid staff to manage this service, so will we be getting a council tax rebate for the savings in their salary bill? I thought not... The councillors and executive board of Torfaen Council claim their salary on a monthly basis. How about they do their job for nothing, before having the cheek to ask anybody else to. Cameron's big society is simply trying to pay peanuts (or nothing) to replace skilled management. This just goes to show, if you pay peanuts you will get (a very small number of) monkeys. If you want professional people to do a professional job you have to pay the professional rate. CwmbranMark

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