Petition launched after Colchester United Community Sport Trust folds

Stuart Richards with son Zane, eight, at the training centre in Shrub End, Colchester.

Stuart Richards with son Zane, eight, at the training centre in Shrub End, Colchester.

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PARENTS have launched a petition requesting Colchester Council picks up the pieces after Colchester United Community Sports Trust closed.

The petition asks the authority to take on coaching sessions after the charity shut on Monday.

A statement reads: “These lessons provided a welcome introduction to the sport in a friendly and gently-competitive environment.

“They will be much missed by all the children involved.”

Colchester Council has arranged meetings to see what provision can be made.

The petition can be viewed on www.ipetitions.com/petition/council-funding-for-cucst-colchester-united/signatures

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10:04pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Reginald47 says...

Have they any idea where the money might come from because it's surely the users' pockets or Council Tax?
Have they any idea where the money might come from because it's surely the users' pockets or Council Tax? Reginald47
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12:15am Fri 19 Apr 13

Mind your own business says...

The people Colchester love petition but they are wasting their time.
The people Colchester love petition but they are wasting their time. Mind your own business
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3:51am Fri 19 Apr 13

Boris says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Have they any idea where the money might come from because it's surely the users' pockets or Council Tax?
Communities throughout the country need sports centres like CUCST. These were until very recently funded by the government, but Cameron and Osborne cut that out. The government has to reverse its policy of cuts, and it has to fund organisations like CUCST. Yes, it will cost us all more on our income tax, but families can't afford massive fee increases, and CBC hasn't got the money to do everything that CUCST was doing.
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Nobody has yet told us how much was in the annual budget for CUCST. It seems the management didn't care, and spent the money even when it wasn't there. There need to be safeguards against mismanagement.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Have they any idea where the money might come from because it's surely the users' pockets or Council Tax?[/p][/quote]Communities throughout the country need sports centres like CUCST. These were until very recently funded by the government, but Cameron and Osborne cut that out. The government has to reverse its policy of cuts, and it has to fund organisations like CUCST. Yes, it will cost us all more on our income tax, but families can't afford massive fee increases, and CBC hasn't got the money to do everything that CUCST was doing. . Nobody has yet told us how much was in the annual budget for CUCST. It seems the management didn't care, and spent the money even when it wasn't there. There need to be safeguards against mismanagement. Boris
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10:53am Fri 19 Apr 13

lilypop1 says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Have they any idea where the money might come from because it's surely the users' pockets or Council Tax?
Yes Reginald47, it probably will come from users pockets or Council Tax.....but hey at least it will be going to a worthwhile cause this time instead of being wasted on crappy art centres and High Street bans ... such ban which is reversed after a couple of weeks. The Community Sports Trust is a massive loss to Colchester, my son for one has attended for the last 3 years and has gained confidence and has developed his football to a high standard thanks to the hard work and dedication of the coaches. This Trust gives our children a focus and keeps them busy. I wonder if you will be the person in years to come moaning that your Council Tax money is being spent on extra policing to keep kids off the street. Get real and think of our future generation.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Have they any idea where the money might come from because it's surely the users' pockets or Council Tax?[/p][/quote]Yes Reginald47, it probably will come from users pockets or Council Tax.....but hey at least it will be going to a worthwhile cause this time instead of being wasted on crappy art centres and High Street bans ... such ban which is reversed after a couple of weeks. The Community Sports Trust is a massive loss to Colchester, my son for one has attended for the last 3 years and has gained confidence and has developed his football to a high standard thanks to the hard work and dedication of the coaches. This Trust gives our children a focus and keeps them busy. I wonder if you will be the person in years to come moaning that your Council Tax money is being spent on extra policing to keep kids off the street. Get real and think of our future generation. lilypop1
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12:27pm Fri 19 Apr 13

Scoot says...

Isn't the solution in the name ? Get the council to raise the rent on the Community Stadium by what it takes to cover the cost of the CUCST. Maybe the sponsor of the stadium would like to chip in as well, after all haven't they made a bob or two out of the developments they've been granted around Colchester.
Isn't the solution in the name ? Get the council to raise the rent on the Community Stadium by what it takes to cover the cost of the CUCST. Maybe the sponsor of the stadium would like to chip in as well, after all haven't they made a bob or two out of the developments they've been granted around Colchester. Scoot
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9:27am Mon 22 Apr 13

AJF759 says...

Some of CUCST's acitivites were paid for by parents and as far as I know the football lessons were almost always over subscribed. There must be a happy medium -whereby the Council could pick up some of the more commercial aspects of CUCST's work? I'm not an expert at how the trust was run - but it's not like football is a niche sport. Someone somewhere must be able to make it profitable - even if it's a joint council/local business iniative in the end.
Some of CUCST's acitivites were paid for by parents and as far as I know the football lessons were almost always over subscribed. There must be a happy medium -whereby the Council could pick up some of the more commercial aspects of CUCST's work? I'm not an expert at how the trust was run - but it's not like football is a niche sport. Someone somewhere must be able to make it profitable - even if it's a joint council/local business iniative in the end. AJF759
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