Council looks at leisure changes
Erewash Borough Council is to ask for formal tenders to run its sports and leisure services after an initial investigation revealed potential significant annual savings.
A market test on the benefits of outsourcing earlier this year led to several parties registering their interest and the council now wants to progress to the tender stage to provide a clearer picture of how the leisure services would be delivered and the potential savings.
The potential savings identified are based on the registers of interest only and cannot be confirmed until tenders are formally submitted.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Having had the independent report back on the expressions of interest to run our leisure services, it makes common sense for us to take the next step and invite tenders.
“At the forefront of our mind, throughout this process, is the desire to ensure the leisure facilities used by our residents are more efficient and we will do everything in our power to protect the services on offer.”
Once the tender process is complete, a report and recommendations will be presented to councillors for discussion at a Full Council meeting.
The move comes as Erewash Borough Council needs to find further efficiency savings of approximately £2 million over the next two years, with further budget pressures expected in the following years due to the continued reduction in grants from central government.