Changing management model to protect Gwynedd leisure centres

Date: 06/10/2017

At a full Council meeting, Gwynedd councillors have approved a recommendation that will change the way the county’s leisure centres are managed in order to protect the Council’s 12 centres.

During the full Council on 5 October, members supported a proposal to establish a company controlled by the Council that will be responsible for the county’s leisure centres in future. This initiative will ensure the same level of leisure Services are provided to Gwynedd residents, whilst addressing the continued financial cuts facing local government.

Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member who leads on leisure said:

“The decision of the full Council allows us to ensure that the level of leisure service provided to the residents of Gwynedd remains unchanged whilst also delivering financial savings.

“The fact is that the huge financial pressures forced upon public services by the Westminster Government has meant that a number of councils across the country have either closed leisure centres or completely outsourced to commercial operators over recent years. 

"However, here in Gwynedd, we have been determined to do all we can to protect the county’s centres. Whilst the government cuts mean that we have no option but to deliver savings, the model approved by the full Council allows us to tackle the financial pressures as well as continuing to maintain the curent network of 12 leisure centres.

 “The new model will mean that the experience for users will not change, it will protect the rights of the staff at the centres as well as maintaining the bilingual service offered. 

“Obviously, we can’t ignore the possibility that the Westminster Government may look to roll-out further cuts in the future, but we believe that the new model we’re introducing will provide the best way of keeping Gwynedd’s leisure centres open.”

Following members decision at the full Council, work will now continue to establish a company controlled by the Council thatw ill be responsible for the county’s leisure centres. It is expected that the company will be operational from early 2019.