Council to bid for Olympic Legacy money to hold borough-wide sporting event
NORTH East Lincolnshire Council will bid for Olympic Legacy money to fund a borough-wide sporting event next summer.
The council will write to Legacy ambassador Lord Coe asking for the funding needed to hold a North East Lincolnshire Olympiad.
The Olympiad is the brainchild of Conservative group councillors John Colebrook and Margaret Cracknell, who submitted a motion to a full council meeting calling on the authority to encourage schools, sporting organisations and volunteers to come together for the event.
Although the ruling Labour group supported the idea in principle, they said it was naive to think that the event could happen without substantial funding, and therefore proposed writing to Lord Coe.
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Council leader Chris Shaw said the amendment changed the motion from one of "kind words" to one of "action."
Councillor Ian Lindley (Lab, West Marsh) added: "North East Lincolnshire Council simply cannot afford to fund a local Olympiad. I fully support the principle but we also have an obligation to the residents of North East Lincolnshire to protect services, and that means keeping our children's centres, our libraries and our other community facilities open."
However, Conservative group leader Keith Brookes (Con, Haverstoe) said the council did not need the extra funding.
He said: "We should be able to harness the energy and enthusiasm we've got in our sporting clubs to produce our own Olympiad next year. Let's not lose the opportunity of keeping this going, just because we can't find extra resources from outside."
Councillor Colebrook (Con, Humberston & New Waltham) added: "It will cost money, but we've all got ward funding. We can all chip in a bit and I hope ward councillors will do that if necessary."