Decision details

Update on Sport/Leisure & Entertainment Commissioning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



The report provided an update to members of the Communities, Parks and Leisure Committee on progress made towards implementing the outcomes of the Leisure Review Report which was approved by the Co-operative Executive in November 2021. Including progress towards appointing a new operator for Sport, Leisure and Entertainment Venues from September 2024.


RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee:-


1.     That members of the Communities, Parks and Leisure Committee note the content of the report, including the envisaged approach to procurement and the inclusion of social outcome requirements within the Specification for Services.



Reasons for Decision


It is expected that development of the Procurement Strategy and detailed Specification for Services will help to enhance the offer to customers and communities. An improved offer will attract and retain increased participation and usage of venues.


The Leisure Review approved in November 2021 has shown that the procurement of an external partner from 2024 is the most financially advantageous and returns the highest level of income to the Council.


The external procurement exercise will also provide a greater level of financial certainty as a management fee will be set as part of the contract procurement and financial risk can be transferred to the external partner.


Alternatives Considered and Rejected


The Council has reviewed three possible options for the future management of facilities. This included in house, a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) and appointment of an external partner. The in house and LATC options were not selected as they are more expensive and present a greater level of financial uncertainty and risk to the Council.


Report author: Tammy Barrass

Publication date: 23/11/2022

Date of decision: 14/11/2022

Decided at meeting: 14/11/2022 - Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee

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