Fairlop Waters closure background

Proposed budget cuts to save £90k over two years by closing the activity centre

At 8th December, the council budget review agreed to the saving of £90 000 over a two year period by closing the site, with the hope to re-open it in 3-4 years as a more commercial operation, the majority (78k) of which is in 2020-21, presumably due to loss of income. It is observed that the site has a small operational deficit, which for a tax-payer funded facility is not of course unreasonable:

An extract from the public reports pack (attached below) for the 8th December 2020 (page 21 in the pack):

21/22LEI04 SC - Deferring the reopening of Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre
Rolling the remodelling of Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre (FOAC) into Enhancement & Development of Fairlop Waters which is expected to create the opportunity for it to be operated as a more efficient and commercial enterprise, eliminating the current deficit model.  The current layout of activities is not efficient and FOAC relies on an annual subsidy. As the consultation and other enhancements are taking place for Fairlop Waters as a whole, it is proposed that the FOAC full cost recovery model be integrated into the wider plans.

Approval of the next phase of the future project to develop Fairlop Waters site to provide new facilities and consult further

On the 10th February, the Overview committee approved a £500 000 spend for the Fairlop future project to move forward, including (£130,000) to be spent on consulting, and including funding to be used on quick wins to augment facilities in the park. No mention was made of the closure of the centre in that discussion but much was made about the need to make provision for youth mental health and well-being.


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