Contract signing signals new leisure era
A landmark agreement that will see established company Parkwood Leisure Ltd take over the running of Erewash Borough Council’s leisure services will be marked with a contract signing on Friday 18 January at 11am.
The council’s Leader, Councillor Carol Hart, will be joined by Parkwood’s Operations Director Glen Hall, for the signing of the 10-year contract in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall.
The milestone moment will confirm that, from 1 February, Parkwood will manage the council’s leisure services at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Rutland Sports Park and Pewitt Golf Course in Ilkeston, as well as West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton and Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre.
It was agreed to outsource leisure at a meeting in November, with councillors saying the deal will bring substantial savings at a time when local authorities continue to face financially-challenging times.
The council will retain ownership of the leisure facilities, meaning Parkwood will lease the facilities and be in place to manage and deliver a leisure service on behalf of the council.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“We are on the threshold of a new era for leisure services here in Erewash and the formal signing of the contract is a significant moment. It is also an exciting one and we know Parkwood have ambitious plans to invest in and develop the facilities on offer.
“We see working in partnership with Parkwood as an innovative decision that will bring significant savings for us but – most importantly – it will mean a better deal for our residents and leisure-users. That has been at the heart of this process throughout.”
Improvements to be made by Parkwood will include the expansion and improvement of gym facilities; new gym, spin and weight lifting equipment; improvements to customer retail and vending facilities; and the introduction of a number of new activities.
Outsourcing the provision of the leisure service will save the council approximately £6 million over ten years. Approximately £1.3 million is expected to be invested to improve facilities for residents with Parkwood Leisure providing £800,000 and a further £500,000 earmarked for upgrading the leisure centres through a loan from the council, which will be paid back over the term of the contract.