LABOUR has been accused of leaving Frodsham on the side-lines when it comes to the health and wellbeing of residents there.
The Conservative group on Cheshire West and Chester Council claim the area is crying out for new leisure facilities and are calling on the ruling Labour to help out and use the millions from budget underspends to fund desperately needed new leisure facilities.
Frodsham Councillor and Conservative Group Leader Lynn Riley said they are lobbying the council for a £2m investment to kickstart a new A56 leisure corridor and are determined that the area will not be left behind.
She said: “We have an opportunity to do what’s right and what has been needed for some time.
“Local facilities are tired and we are tired of waiting patiently whilst other areas get the funding to upgrade their facilities. If the Labour run council care about the health and wellbeing of residents here they should do the right thing and come forward with the cash. The Conservatives will fight this every step of the way to ensure that Frodsham is not left on the side-lines while other areas benefit.”
In 2009, the leisure strategy assessed all facilities in Cheshire West and came up with an action list of tier1 and tier 2 areas.
Significant investment was made by the Conservative led council in the first phase at the Northwich Memorial Court, Ellesmere Port, Chester Baths and Northgate. Frodsham was supposed to be next in line but the £9m earmarked in 2015 has since been prioritised by the now Labour led authority for Neston, Winsford and Chester.
“With underspends on both the council’s revenue and capital budgets in recent years and the £6m surplus on council tax, it’s time to invest in the north of the borough and put the considerable council tax collected here to good use,” added Lynn.
“Frodsham Junior Football Club is working with Cheshire FA to deliver a much needed 3G and grass pitch improvements at Helsby High School but needs a sizeable amount of match funding to deliver these and a long wanted club house.
“Cheshire West can fund this gap from the Innovation Fund set aside to reduce costs to the Council.
“The real return on this investment is that local volunteers run the facilities once they are built, so reducing costs to the tax payers.”
Agreeing with Lynn, fellow Frodsham Councillor Andrew Dawson added: “If we can secure this commitment, we can start to make headway on a masterplan for the land around the medical/leisure centre that we have been pushing for since 2015.”
“Other funding is required for upgrades in Frodsham leisure centre and for a redesign of the Saltworks fields. Helsby Sports and Social Club is also soon to start construction of its new facility and sports pitches and with a funding injection from CWAC can deliver the full scheme.”