Council admits it needs to ‘tighten its act’ on leisure centres’ disabled facilities

Water Meadows, Mansfield
Water Meadows, Mansfield

Councillors have unanimously voted to conduct a review into disabled facilities at their leisure centres, with one councillor saying ‘we need to tighten our act up’.

A motion put to the members of Mansfield District Council was carried after they all voted to set up an independent audit of the centres.

It comes following a series of complaints by disabled users of the leisure centres, such as Water Meadows, with claims they are not up to scratch.

Proposed by Coun Paul Henshaw, he said: “I feel very passionate about this issue.

“We need to be proactive, not reactive, and by making such improvements we would improve the services to the community.

“We need to address problems of access and responding to complaints.

“We need to tighten our act up. We need to put our own house in order and send out a message that our policies will reflect our values.

““I want Mansfield District Council to be at the forefront of these issues.”

Coun Amanda Fisher added her support by saying: “I witness how people with disabilities in wheelchairs have limited place within the town.

“The leisure facilities should be better than this.

“I’m extremely concerned that Mansfield and district is to be seen as the most inaccessible town in the East Midlands.”

Meanwhile, a motion proposing to re-name the Water Meadows Swimming Centre after Kirkby paralympic swimmers Ollie and Sam Hynd, as well as Mansfield paralympian Charlotte Henshaw, was withdrawn from the agenda.

Coun John Smart, who proposed the motion, said: “Because of issues raised concerning branding and other details, I feel as the proposer of this motion, I need to do a tad more investigating.”

The matter will be discussed at a later date.