Waltham Forest’s Labour councillors have been condemned for outrageous hypocrisy for putting down a motion on school sports partnerships at tonight’s council meeting while simultaneously.
- Slashing funding to the London Youth Games
- Hiking charges for schools sports days and other sports activities
- Seeking to concrete over the playing fields at Drapers Field for two years
Forest ward Liberal Democrat councillor Farooq Qureshi said:
Labour talks the talk but we see their true colours when it comes to the decisions for which they are responsible. Their withdrawal of funding for the London Youth Games, school sport fee increases and clsure of Drapers Field shows that Labour’s commitment is all words and no action.
Leyton and Liberal Democrat Group Leader councillor Bob Sullivan added:
Drapers Field will close for two years so the Olympic Delivery Authority can use the playing fields to do its laundry and catering. This will deprive local children and Norlington school of their current playing fields. Labour has consistently failed to set out any clear plans for the future of Drapers Field once the ODA leaves the site.
Labour councillors at London Councils (Waltham Forest representative Cllr Chris Robbins) earlier this week voted to cut funding for the London Youth Games by £130,000. This will lead to a loss of over half-a-million pounds [£650k] of match funding and raises questions about the future of the Games
Labour has proposed the following sports fee increases
- A 12% increases in the cost of school football and school cricket
- A 23% increase in the cost of casual Saturday pitch hire
- A 25% increase in the cost of hiring Leyton County Cricket Ground
- Increases of 33% in school sports day fees