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Decision upheld on Meden Sports Centre

Mansfield District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Andrew Tristram, today (Wednesday 19 April), upheld his decision to withdraw from the management contract at Meden Sports Centre.

Mansfield District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Andrew Tristram, today (Wednesday 19 April), upheld his decision to withdraw from the management contract at Meden Sports Centre.

There have been long-standing concerns over the condition of the building and despite an investment of over £500,000 since 2012, the facility is considered unsustainable for the future.

Martyn Saxton, the council's Director for Place and Wellbeing, said

"Mansfield District Council has taken the difficult decision to withdraw from the ongoing management agreement at Meden Sports Centre. This is down to concerns over the condition of the building - over the past five years it has not been possible to find a sustainable solution to the asset management issues.

"We will now implement an exit plan and terminate our management agreement in April 2018.

"Our understanding is that Nottinghamshire County Council will continue to work with Meden School to provide access to suitable Physical Education facilities and with local schools to make provision for school swimming."

The decision also includes a further recommendation for the council to work with Mansfield District Leisure Trust to look into the possibility of providing a small health and fitness facility in Warsop. Officers of the council will continue to work with Mansfield District Leisure Trust to implement the exit plan and help find alternative options for users of Meden Sports Centre.
 
Recreational swimming, gym and fitness facilities are available at Water Meadows and Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre. More information can we found online at www.mansfieldleisure.com

 

Background information:

1.     Councillor Tristram upheld the original decision taken on 21 February which followed a public consultation on the impact of service cessation.

2.     Councillor Tristram agreed to undertake the consultation on 5 December and the consultation concluded on 31 January 2017.

3.     The decision to cease the management service was 'called in' by the Labour Group and has been subject to a review by the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

4.     Having considered reports from the Majority and Minority parties, Councillor Tristram has upheld his decision to cease management of the centre from April 2018.

5.     The impact of the service cessation could mean that the centre no longer remains open to the public.

6.     The council's position is that the centre has reached the end of its useful life and that status quo is not sustainable; there are risks associated with undertaking asset works and there is no capital funding for redevelopment available from any of the key stakeholders.

 



Page last updated: 19 April 2017

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