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I disagree and think this is still a bad idea. Here is why. http://guernsey1-2-1.blogspot.com/2012/02/pay-to-play.html If a private company can make a profit out of it, even after paying Guernsey the "rent", then why can't the States? Even considering this idea is an admittance of failure. Failure to run a business properly. Now, if like me, you think of these as community amenities then why consider this idea at all? The assumption therefore is that C&L do consider them as a business which should turn a profit. On that basis, why hasn't the Minister resigned? After all, he has had the job for some considerable time and obviously admits that he can't sort out this problem. He seems quite happy to accept the good publicity and the tiresome duties of flying off to conferences etc but can't seem to run a small profitable business with one of the most frequented and popular sites on the Island. Instead of taking the easy route why not ask what it would take to run at a profit? Ask the existing staff. Ask the public. Ask all of those highly opinionated and skilled members of our business community. Here's two ideas off the top of my head. 1. Run it as a co-operative with the staff sharing 50% of the net profit and the remainder going back to the States. Give them full power to hire and fire to get the workforce to the right level and give them power to properly market and manage the centres. 2. Do an Aurigny and make State Sport a private venture owned by the States with a mandate to at least break even or turn a small profit; a concession to the idea of Sport as a community amenity. Both ideas envisage running Sport as a business with people who know what they are doing and who are not wrapped up in the red tape that States organisations seem to immerse themselves in. We are talking about a valuable Island amenity which should not be sold off to the highest bidder just because C&L can't do their job properly or don't regard this as their job. PS Great idea to release the news out late on a Friday to minimise media fuss.