Consultation Background

Central Government funding to Havering has reduced by over £29 million since 2014/15 and we are anticipating a further loss of the remaining £7 million in general Government grant over the next two years so that, from 2021/22, we don't expect Havering to be in receipt of any general Government grant.

Over the same period, and into the future, we are seeing Havering's population rising which is causing cost pressures. Since 2014 the Council has had to make reductions of over £77m and we know that we need to go further if we are to tackle the challenges facing the public sector. The Council will be considering a number of ways of meeting these budget challenges. Your views really do matter when we make these tough decisions.

The Chaffords Sports Complex is owned by the Harris Academy Rainham but is run by the Council's Leisure contractor SLM Ltd (Everyone Active). The Council funding for this site does not currently extend beyond December 2018; the funding for this year comes from 'one off' reserves and there is no provision in the Council's base budget for its continued operation.

The Council is therefore looking at the options regarding the future of Chaffords Sports Complex and is considering whether to cease funding at the end of this year. A decision will be taken in the coming months, having considered the feedback from this consultation exercise.

The full consultation paper, which outlines the proposed options for the Future of Chafford Sports Complex, can be found on the Havering Website click here to open in a new page

This consultation will last for 8 weeks, commencing on 16th October and closing on 10th December 2018.