Diving in Barnet

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0208
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

At its last Council meeting, Barnet Council suggested that instead of them funding the community demand for a diving pool at the to be refurbished Copthall centre, you should pay for it, or make a contribution  towards it, as Mayor. Have you had such an approach from the Council; do you have powers to meet such a payment; and what is your opinion of their approach?

Answer

Answer for Diving in Barnet

Answer for Diving in Barnet

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Barnet Council is responsible for the decision it has taken regarding diving at the Copthall Centre and must be accountable for that decision. I do not have funding to build a new diving facility in Barnet and it would have been advisable for the Council to have checked that before taking its decision , otherwise there is a danger of raising false hope among local people.

However, I am happy to see what can be done to support diving in the area and have agreed that staff from the GLA Sport Team meet the Council and Sport England to see what steps can be taken with this in mind.