Councillors Hear Library Numbers Up And Leisure Finances On Track

Health and Wellbeing Centre

Health and Wellbeing Centre

The Council’s Community Services department is “on track” reaching more than 80% of its targets this year.

But the committee’s Chairman is concerned those good messages aren’t getting out to the public.

At last week’s meeting, the new Senior Officer for Health and Wellbeing, Joel Williams, told councillors that the Porthcressa Library has picked up 152 extra members so far this year and visits were up 10%.

Joel’s report said that 95 children are currently attending weekly swimming sessions. And across the age range, more than 90% of those who responded to a recent survey expressed their satisfaction with the Normandy pool and the gym and sports hall at Carn Gwaval.

Joel noted that in the first six months of this financial year income from the sports hall and the swimming pool were both ahead of forecasts.

But the Buzza Bus service is likely to cost more to run this year. The electric vehicle had been due to be stored and recharged in the new Porthmellon Innovation Centre, but problems with the foundations have meant a delay to the start of that work.

They’ll now have to find a further £4,000 to store it on the Steamship Company premises at Nike Engineering. That money will have to come from the Buzza Bus reserves.

Community Services Chairman Richard McCarthy told councillors that some of these good news stories “really need to be made public.”

Council Chairman Amanda Martin said she hoped it would go on the authority’s website and she wants regular bulletins to be placed on the Council noticeboard “because not everyone has access to a computer.”