UPDATE: Firm handed 10 year contract for Ulverston and Windermere leisure centres
Last updated at 10:14, Tuesday, 08 October 2013
THE firm that runs leisure centres in West Cumbria has been handed a 10 year contract for leisure centres in Ulverston and Windermere.
North Country Leisure, which runs Copeland Borough Council's leisure services as well as centres in Northumberland, was awarded the deal today by South Lakeland District Council.
The deal will come into place from April 2014 and will see Lakes Leisure lose the contract which it has handled for the past five years.
Lakes Leisure, which also a centre in Kendal, is a charitable trust formed in 2003 to run the leisure facilities in the South Lakes.
It is understood the firm from the north east is due to take on the contract despite Lakes Leisure submitting a bid around £40,000 cheaper.
Council funding cuts had put increased pressure on the trust to find more cost-effective ways of providing its services in recent months.
NCL aims to invest £750,000 improving facilities in Kendal and Ulverston including revamping fitness, studio, and changing areas.
It also intends to introduce fun, challenging activities for people of all ages such as its “Better Swimmers Sooner” swimming lesson programme and “Active Life,” aimed to help older people and those new to, or returning to exercise.
Graham Vincent, SLDC Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to create modern and better leisure facilities, and programmes, for the residents of South Lakeland.
“As well as managing our sports and recreation centres NCL will introduce new outreach programmes to help bring leisure opportunities direct to people of all ages in their local communities.
"They will also promote the benefits of participation in physical activity.
“SLDC is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all our residents and this new partnership will be central to our aspiration to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work, and explore.”
John Maude, NCL chief executive, said: “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with South Lakeland District Council and the local community, helping people to enjoy healthy, positive activities throughout the year.”
First published at 08:59, Monday, 07 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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The current provider ALREADY provides exercise for the elderly, ALREADY provides an unraveled swim scheme ALREADY provides a well organised community arm ALREADY refurbished the gyms gives LOCAL jobs to LOCAL people is 40,000 YES 40,000 CHEAPER than the rest...WHY ON EARTH TAKE IT ELSEWHERE....utterly ridiculous and US the TAXPAYING locals will pay
South Lakeland Council have betrayed localism and all it stands for. Why should any profits from South Lakes council tax payers be used to prop up a Trust which is not even based in Cumbria. Local businesses, local residents and local employees will all lose out. The council has sold its soul and should be ashamed of this decision.
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