West Norfolk Council moves closer to transfer of sports facilities to new trust

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Another step is about to be taken in the process of transferring the management of leisure and sports facilities across West Norfolk to a charitable trust.

The plan is to make the transfer on July 1 of Lynnsport and St James Swimming and Fitness Centre, in Lynn, Oasis lesiure centre, in Hunstanton, Downham Leisure Centre and Lynn Corn Exchange.

Details will be discussed at West Norfolk’s Regeneration, Environment and Community Panel on Wednesday.

A report said: “The Trust is structured in such a way that its main work is in terms of key issues around programming of activities in leisure centres and the shows at the Corn Exchange, marketing and promotion to increase usage in general or by specific target groups it determines, setting charges for activities/shows and any concession arrangements.”

The report said its remit would also include: “Carrying out a programme of events and work in rural areas and in general working to increase access and availability to leisure across the borough for the benefit of the general public.”

Alive Leisure has been established as a charity to take on the management of services and employment of staff. The plan is intended to save the council £471,750 in 2014/15, rising to £629,000 in future years. A charity can obtain business rate and VAT relief and access grants that are not available to the council.

The council has one of seven seats on the new charity board and the board will regularly report to the council.