Dales Leisure Review consultation begins

Derbyshire Dales District Council is inviting local people to take part in a consultation as part of the process to outsource the management of its four leisure centres as a package to a new service provider.

Dales councillors voted unanimously in December last year to start the process, where the leisure centre buildings in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth will continue to be owned by the District Council, but a specialist leisure operator will take on the responsibility of managing the service for the next 10-15 years.

An online survey, available at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/LeisureReview, together with consultations with partners and key stakeholders, will help define the contract, which is to be advertised in June this year.

Feedback will be used to inform the tendering specification and the consultation, which is now open, runs until 16 April. A District Council spokesperson said: “We have invested heavily in our leisure centres in recent years, and this is the next step in sourcing further improvements for a valued service.

“Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Bakewell Swimming Pool, Arc Leisure Matlock and Wirksworth Leisure Centre attract over 600,000 visitors each year and are an important asset to the communities they serve. Most leisure centre members are Derbyshire Dales residents, which is why we are asking local people to help us shape the new contract for the future.”

The results of the process will be reported back to Council no later than May 2018, when a final decision will be made. Local people can sign up to regular email updates about the Leisure Review at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/enewsreg