As part of it’s Future Council project, Wirral Borough Council is considering offloading the management of Marine Lake in an attempt to save costs.
As documented here, Wirral Council is looking to make achieve cost savings of £70 million before 2018. One of the measures it is seeking feedback on is the management of Marine Lake. This is a copy of the budget proposal:
Chief Executive’s Budget Proposal Chief Executive’s Budget Proposal
OPTION: WEST KIRBY MARINE LAKE OPTION: WEST KIRBY MARINE LAKE
2015/16 2016/17 TOTAL
£000s £000s £000s
25 – 25
SUMMARY OF OPTION SUMMARY OF OPTION
Wirral Sailing Centre is based at West Kirby Marine Lake and offers water sports activities and courses to anyone aged 8 and over. Many sporting and recreational activities are provided at the site such as water sports like windsurfing, kayaking and powerboating.
This option would see us seeking to transfer the day to day operations of the site to another organisation – keeping the facility open but removing some of the financial burden to the Council.
IMPACT ON RESIDENTS IMPACT ON RESIDENTS
No immediate impact on residents. The service would continue to be provided from the centre, with a change in management the only difference.
IMPACT ON PARTNERS IMPACT ON PARTNERS
No immediate impact on partner agencies.
IMPACT ON COMMUNITY, VOLUNTARY AND FAITH SECTOR IMPACT ON COMMUNITY, VOLUNTARY AND FAITH SECTOR
No wider impact on community, voluntary and faith sector organisations
How new management might be achieved does not appear to be documented but could perhaps be via a charity or Friends of Marine Lake type organisation. Is isn’t clear if it’s just the management of the sailing school or the complete lake.
Feel free to have you say in the comments below. You can complete the Council survey via this page.
This Freedom of Information Act question to Wirral Council has not at time of writing received an answer.