Centre to be council-run

View of Pindar Leisure centre.Picture Richard Ponter.120440a
View of Pindar Leisure centre.Picture Richard Ponter.120440a

COUNCILLORS are set to rubber stamp a move to take over operations at Pindar Leisure centre from April.

The decision is to be taken at Tuesday’s meeting of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet.

In a report by Brian Bennett, the council’s head of tourism and culture, he said that the site was currently managed by George Pindar Community Sports College and notice had been given to cease managing it.

He added that the council was obliged to take over under terms of the original agreement. He said: “The original Joint Use Agreement of 1995 places a legal obligation on the borough council to ensure arrangements for the management of the leisure centre – whether by itself or others – for the duration of the 21-year term.

“There are no potential other operators available to manage the leisure centre in the short term. Therefore it is proposed that the management of the leisure centre is conducted in-house by the borough council’s Tourism and Culture Service from 1 April 2012.”

According to the report, before the transfer to the College in 2008, the operation of the centre resulted in an annual net cost of around £50,000.

Mr Bennett said: “The College did not seek a financial contribution toward the costs of operating the leisure centre and an annual revenue saving of £50,000 was achieved by the borough council through the transfer.”

An all-weather pitch was installed at the centre in 1999 with an estimated lifespan of 10 to 12 years and Mr Bennett said the council had invested £7,000 on maintenance to the surface to extend its lifespan before the transfer.

He added: “The Sinking Fund of £23,000 built up by the borough council to contribute to the replacement of the all-weather pitch was also transferred to the college.

“The College has not used the fund and has agreed to return the £23,000 which can be used by the borough council to ensure the lifespan of the all-weather pitch in the short term.”

He said that this could be done a limited number of times and a full replacement would eventually be needed at an estimated cost of £150,000.