Friary Grange FOIs

We have received a number of freedom of information request about Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

We will be publishing the requests and the responses we give to people to on these pages (with any personal data about the person who requested the information retracted).

We have 20 working days to respond to FOIs, although we always work to respond sooner where we can and the information is readily available.

We have also published a set of frequently asked questions, which we will be adding to over the coming weeks.

Leisure centre usage

Received 13 July 2019 and responded to 1 August 2019

We were asked to provide figures that detail the annual number of paying customers for Friary Grange Leisure Centre, with as much granularity as is available. We have worked with our partners Freedom Leisure to gather this information.

The following figures are for 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019.

Number of unique members 350
Number of unique recorded pay as you go users 1,033
Total unique users 1,383

All of the below participation figures include members and pay as you go users. Please note that the below participation figures are all marked as non-unique. This is because the above total unique users of the facility may use the centre multiple times a week.

Session

Participants

Notes

Gym customer sessions 16,452  
Sports hall customer sessions 23,214  
Outdoor pitch customer sessions 11,878  
Group exercise customer sessions 17,695  
Casual swim sessions (not unique) 39,912

Plus regular club use - participant figures held by clubs

Swim school customer sessions (not unique) 22,359  
School swimming pupil sessions (not unique) 15,173  
Total single/session use of the centre 173,674 Footfall, not unique, includes participants and spectators and non-sporting events

Equality impact assessments

Received 14 July 2019 and responded to 24 July 2019

We were asked to provide a copy of the equality impact assessment carried out in relation to the proposed closure of Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

We were also asked to provide evidence that the equality impact assessment findings were seen, considered and responded to by council members taking the decision to close the centre, e.g. council minutes.

Download the quick EAI and full EIA.

The EIAs were referenced in the related reports:

Income

Received 17 July 2019 and responded to 6 August 2019

We were asked to provide all documents relating to the financial income of the Friary Grange Leisure Centre, revenue and details of income and expenditure on the building in the last three years. This is as follows:

Income source

2016/17

2017/18

Gym members and pay as you go gym users

£74,654/£12,396

£65,857/£7,400

Sports hall/racquets pay as you go

£28,878

£21,331

Sports hall/racquets class customers

£10,558

£13,393

Swimming pool pay as you go customers

£61,539

£44,514

Swimming pool class customers

£113,254

£13,035

Aerobics classes (both wet and dry combined)

£14,412

£12,372

Meeting minutes

Received 17 July 2019 and responded to 6 August 2019

We were asked to provide all the minutes in respect of meetings held in relation to the proposed closure of Friary Grange Leisure Centre. These are as follows:

Health and safety reports

Received 17 July 2019 responded to 9 August 2019

We were asked to provide a copy documents relating to the closure of Friary Grange Leisure Centre, including any health and safety reports and inspections – used or referred to in the above minutes and/or held by the council.

For documents that relate to the closure of Friary Grange Leisure Centre, visit our Friary Grange Leisure Centre documents page.

Councillors

Received 17 July 2019 and responded to 6 August 2019

We were asked to provide details of all councillors who noted an interest in the closure of Friary Grange Leisure Centre and details of those particular interests – pecuniary and non-pecuniary. This information is published in the minutes of the meetings/detailed in the register of interests for the relevant councillors, but for ease of access, we have also listed them below:

Cabinet on 9 July - noted interests

  • Cllr Smith recently resigned as a governor of Friary School
  • Cllr Strachan noted that a member of his family had used the cardiac rehab programme at FGLC (the cardiac rehab programme was not mentioned in the council report).

Full council on 21 July - noted interests

  • Cllr Jamie Checkland, chair of governors at The Friary School.
  • Cllr Colin Greatorex, Janet Eagland, Alistair Little, Staffordshire County Councillors.
  • Cllr Doug Pullen, Liz Little, Steve Norman, spouses of Staffordshire County Councillors.

Cost saving

Received 5 August 2019 and responded to 9 August 2019

We were asked to provide the details of the cost saving for the council since Freedom Leisure took over the running of Friary Grange Leisure Centre, including staff wages.

So far there have been no cost savings since Friary Grange Leisure Centre was outsourced to Freedom Leisure. Savings were expected in the long-term but not the short-term.