Leisure centres and golf courses out to tender
5:10pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
PLANS to make Swindon’s leisure portfolio more sustainable have taken an important step forward after the council started the tender process to find alternative operators to take over its facilities.
This week adverts have been placed in a number of trade journals and newspapers inviting organisations to formally submit expressions of interest in taking over the running of the council’s six leisure centres and three golf courses.
The leisure facilities are being marketed by independent property advisor GVA and include the operation of the golf courses at Broome Manor, Highworth and Moredon as a single package and six leisure centres: Croft Sports Centre, Delta Tennis Centre, Dorcan Recreation Complex, Haydon Centre, the Health Hydro and the Link Centre as a further single package.
Proposals will also be accepted from operators should they wish to run a combination of both packages.
The aim is to transfer the facilities via long-term leases, enabling the facilities to remain operational and delivering financial savings to the council.
At present the council spends £3.1m on providing leisure and culture but, despite saving £500,000 this financial year, further reductions are necessary.
Organisations are being invited to respond by expressing an interest to Ben Allen, GVA London, 020 7911 2360 or 07920 812 018 firstname.lastname@example.org Amy Bullamore, GVA Bristol, 0117 988 5269 or 07962 336 058 email@example.com
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