CABINET CALL: By Coun Athony Casson
You may recall that late last year Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex was in the local news, facing criticism over the state of its changing rooms.
We quickly repaired and re-decorated the facilities, so it was to my great disappointment and frustration when I learned that they had again been left in an unacceptable condition.
This time bits of mud had been thrown on to the ceilings by some people who use the facilities and small holes have been created in the walls.
It may only be a minority of people doing this, but I wonder whether they would treat their own homes in such a way – I think not!
As I stated in my previous column, South Holland District Council takes the cleanliness and condition of the Castle Field changing rooms very seriously, but there is only so much we can do.
Ultimately it is the responsibility of those who use the facilities to keep them in an acceptable condition which I don’t think is too much to ask.
I expect we’ll get complaints about this latest incident – but what more could we have done?
The changing rooms looked excellent after they had been decorated and to see them spoiled just four weeks later is sad.
Following this latest incident we have since cleaned the changing rooms again and the local clubs, which hire the facilities, have been spoken to by our officers, who will continue to monitor the situation.
At the next meeting of the FA and the local leagues, officers will raise the issue again for their support in keeping the facilities in good condition.
Our officers have also created a more effective system to check the facilities after they have been used and flag up any issues so that they can be quickly dealt with.
Meanwhile we have also painted the Monkshouse changing rooms, so I hope those using these facilities will keep them in good condition.