Julie Rose sta­dium staff fac­ing threat of job cuts

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

TWO out of 15 jobs are un­der threat at Ash­ford’s Julie Rose Sta­dium.

Man­agers are propos­ing the re­dun­dan­cies as the re­ces­sion con­tin­ues to bite and the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod with staff ends to­mor­row .

The two posts threat­ened are in ad­min­is­tra­tion and the duty of­fi­cer sec­tion.

Emma Wood, chief ex­ec­u­tive of man­agers Ash­ford Leisure Trust, said: “Like every­one we have been af­fected by the eco­nomic cli­mate.

“But this is also to re­flect sea­sonal use and the level of de­mand at this time of year.”

Mrs Wood stressed this was a sep­a­rate is­sue from the tur­moil the sta­dium was in last March when it was on the brink of clo­sure.

Fund­ing was cut by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil and a re­place­ment agree­ment for the op­er­a­tion of the cen­tre was still un­signed days be­fore the ex­piry of the old one.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple cam­paigned to pre­vent clo­sure and the cen­tre was saved af­ter the coun­cil of­fered more money and took the lease from the Julie Rose Sta­dium Trust.

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Hit and run vic­tims Jim and He­len Wa­ters

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