The Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council has cut spending on sport to one of the lowest levels anywhere in Wales according to a report compiled by Media Wales.
Most councils in Wales have reduced expenditure spending on sport but few councils have reduced budgets to the levels plumbed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council
The average amount spent on sport by Welsh councils per-person last year was £26.33
- In Cardiff the average spend per person per year is £26
- The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s sports spending per person last year however was only £5.97
The Vale Council has already been heavily criticised for refusing to resurface Penarth Association Football Club’s pitch at Cwrt- y-Vil, Penarth whilst spending considerable sums on football facilities in Barry.
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “How local authorities decide to spend their budget is a matter for them.”
The Labour run Vale Council is also refusing to allow Penarth Amateur Boxing Club and Penarth Gym Club to resume use of the former St Paul’s Church building in Arcot Street – despite a massive majority of local people voting in a council “consultation” for the clubs to be re-admitted to the premises.
The Vale of Council says “We aim to increase the number of people taking part in sports and play opportunities to increase their health and wellbeing. Working with a range of partners we create new and further develop existing activities for children and teenagers in the Vale of Glamorgan.”