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Burnley leisure trust plan moves a step closer
10:00am Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
THE CREATION of a leisure trust in Burnley has moved a step closer after council bosses appointed a consultancy firm to help set it up.
Manchester-based Winckworth Sherwood has been chosen by the authority to oversee the formation of a trust, which could come about as early as April 2014.
Pendle, Rossendale and Hyndburn already operate trusts, which are able to champion their own expansion plans and have more scope to bid for external funds.
A report ahead of a meeting of Burnley Council’s community services scrutiny committee meeting next week also gives details of members of a project board that will manage the move.
The report said: “The council has now appointed Winckworth Sherwood as the legal and consultancy firm to provide support for setting up the trust.
“The selection process highlighted that the firm are market leaders in this field and have significant experience in establishing a new leisure trust.
“In addition, a staff consultation group has been established which will meet on a monthly basis throughout the transfer period.”
Members of the project board include Mick Cartledge, director of community services, Gerard Vinton, head of sport and culture, Colin Hill, head of facilities management and Phil Moore, head of finance.
The trust would be an independent registered charity but the council would retain some responsibilities, including maintenance and repairs.
St Peter’s Leisure Centre, Padiham Leisure Centre and Burnley Mechanics Theatre, which would all come under control of the new trust, are to have condition surveys before the transfer is made.
The trust hopes to have trustees, which usually include a senior local councillor, in place by November.
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