Council set to take over sport centre

View of Pindar Leisure centre.Picture Richard Ponter.120440a
View of Pindar Leisure centre.Picture Richard Ponter.120440a
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SCARBOROUGH Council is due to take over the running of Pindar Leisure Centre from March it has been revealed.

Brian Bennett, the council’s head of tourism, told members of the health and wellbeing scrutiny Ccommittee that the George Pindar Community College had given notice to cease managing the centre.

He said that the centre was initially funded by Scarborough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and Sport England under a 21-year agreement.

“In 2008 the Hugh Bellamy, the head of the school approached the council to say they’d like to run it. He was expecting nothing from the council so it was a good deal for us,” he said.

He added that the council was obligued to take over the operation, under the terms of the agreement, and cash was available to upgrade facilities at the site.

Cllr Steve Bairstow said he was surprised that the new headteacher wanted to hand the centre back straightaway. He added: “It’d be good for his sporting college.”

Cllr Tim Lawn asked how the centre would fit in with the council’s ongoing leisure strategy and the proposed sports village. Mr Bennett said that the Pindar Leisure Centre would be critical to the proposed leisure growth in the area.

Strategic director Hilary Jones said that the Weaponness site had always been the core site. “When we started the process Pindar wasn’t on the horizon.”