Leisure And Wellbeing
Investing in Leisure & Well Being
If the pandemic has shown us anything, it is the importance of our leisure facilities and green spaces, not just for our physical health but our mental well-being too. Labour has always highlighted the need to ensure such high quality facilities are accessible for everyone, not just those who can afford it.
Through 2020 and 2021 our local parks and other green spaces have been utilised more than ever as people sought fresh air and a sense of space amongst the chaos and frustration of continual lockdowns and restrictions. Demand for Allotments also increased and we a pleased to be taking steps to meet that demand with the creation of a new allotment site at Melbourne Road.
Award Winning Improvements
One of Labours top priorities is to carry on improving Lincolns great green open spaces. Already we have restored the Arboretum and Boultham Park to their former Victorian glory, both of which are now award winning. Boultham Park alone has benefitted from £3.5million of investment with further improvements in progress.
Ours is a record of consistently delivering projects that benefit everyone in Lincoln. Sports facilities have also seen big improvements with £1.5 million invested at Birchwood Leisure Centre plus two new all weather pitches at both Birchwood and Yarborough.
Investing in spite of Austerity
These achievements have taken place against a back drop of continued austerity imposed by central government for nearly 11 years. Lincoln’s rate support grant (the money from government to support essential services) has dropped from £10million per year in 2010 to almost zero today. Money for Covid recovery may sound like good news but it does not come anywhere near close enough to making up for this shortfall.
A Labour City Council will continue with the careful financial management that has enabled investment in our leisure and well-being facilities whilst other local councils across the UK, both Labour and Tory have faced bankruptcy.