Changes For Cornwall's Leisure Services

10 November 2016, 11:19 | Updated: 10 November 2016, 11:23

Cornwall Council has annoucned that GLL will take over the running of the Duchy's leisure centres from next year.

 After putting the contract out, the council has awarded GLL has been awarded the tender to provide leisure centres and other leisure facilities, currently owned and maintained by the Council, from April 2017. 

GLL currently operates over 200 leisure centres and is a national not-for-profit social enterprise with over 20 years' experience. 

Adam Paynter, the Council's Cabinet Member for Resources said 

"Firstly I'd like to place on record my thanks to Tempus Leisure for their fantastic work over the years running Cornwall's leisure facilities in such a professional manner. 

"We have always made it clear that we want to keep leisure centres open in Cornwall but without an ongoing subsidy from the Council.

"By taking the initiative, carefully considering all the options and then going through a vigorous tendering process, we are confident that in awarding this contract to GLL we will secure the future of the Council's leisure facilities."

All of Cornwall's leisure centre's will stay open, and the staff will transfer over to the new operator. 

GLL will also make a significant investment into the leisure centres and the equipment which will be initially financed through £23 million in Council borrowing which will be repaid to the Council with interest over the life of the contract. 

GLL tell us they'll be making significant investments in leisure facilities and are looking into opening an "extreme trampoline park" in Cornwall. 

Tempus Leisure who have run the services for the past 5 years did bid for the contract, but were unsuccessful.

Tempus Leisure Chair of Trustees, Lucy Black said 

"We are extremely disappointed to have been unsuccessful in our bid for the future operation of leisure services within Cornwall. We know that we submitted an excellent proposal but this was obviously surpassed by our competitor. 

"We will be taking some time to consider the next steps for Tempus."