Decision details

Post-Pandemic Recovery of Leisure Services

Decision Maker: Executive, Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To consider the report of the Director on the Council's Leisure Facilities.



RECOMMENDED that Council approve:-


(1)  the permanent insourcing of the leisure services when the current contract terminates on 31st August 2020 and the abandonment of the procurement process;

(2)  an expedient transfer of staff and services into the Council and the bringing forward of a detailed business plan by 31st of December 2020 setting out governance options for the future operation of the service;

(3)  the allocation of a supplementary budget of up to £270,000 to allow the cost recovery agreement to be settled;

(4)  the allocation of a revenue budget of £1,542,310 to cover the costs of the transfer and the re-launch of the services;

(5)  the allocation of  capital budget of £330,000 for the costs of re-opening facilities in a COVID-Secure environment, ICT systems and equipment and re-branding; and

(6)  the allocation of £1.5 million capital budget for the fitting out of St Sidwell’s Point Swimming Pool and Leisure Complex.




(7)  the staged re-opening of leisure services take place from September 2020, when it is safe and cost-effective to do so; and

(8)  the cost recovery payment of £337,833 agreed with Parkwood Leisure which terminates the contract on 31st August 2020 be noted.

Reason for Decision:

As set out in the report.



Report author: Jo Yelland

Publication date: 08/07/2020

Date of decision: 07/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 07/07/2020 - Executive

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