Senior councillors in Leeds will next week discuss a proposal to keep Garforth Squash and Leisure Centre under council management.
The centre off Ninelands Lane had been the subject of a proposed community asset transfer to the Schools Partnership Trust, but at the meeting of the council’s executive board at Civic Hall on Wednesday 17 October the council will consider formally ending these discussions in order to explore a different operating model.
The possible transfer was proposed as part of the 2011/12 budget, following a review of council sports facilities which showed the centre in Garforth to be operating at a net loss of £227,000 per year. Since then the centre has changed its opening hours from 103 a week to 58.5, and together with other savings made it is now successfully operating at a near-breakeven point financially.
The new proposal will recommend maintaining the current opening hours, but will also encourage further dialogue with the Schools Partnership Trust and any other interested parties who may wish to use the centre beyond the existing hours.
Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:
“We are pleased to be able to say that as a result of the changes made and hard work and patience of those involved Garforth Squash and Leisure Centre is in a significantly stronger position now than it was when this process began.
“We are now in a position where we are able to reassess the operating model of the facility and look into entering a partnership with the Schools Partnership Trust and any other interested parties in order to expand the operations of the centre to ensure it can continue to develop in the years to come.”
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