SKI Rossendale is to be taken over by the borough’s leisure trust.

The Rawtenstall dry ski-slope has hit financial problems due to the coronavirus lockdown.

A full Rossendale Council meeting agreed to provide financial support for the transfer.

Details of the move will now be finalised for the changeover to take place later this month for scheduled reopening in the autumn.

Under a proposal agreed by councillors, Ski Rossendale will remain as a limited company and its staff will not transfer to the Rossendale Leisure Trust, which will own the company and be responsible for all aspects of its operation.

Council leisure boss Cllr Jackie Oakes said: “The council and the trust appreciate it has become increasingly hard to keep the ski slope open and we want to do what we can to make sure that this brilliant facility is there for the people of Rossendale and for visitors.

"By supporting the potential takeover, the council is doing all it can to ensure our landmark facility not only remains open, but that it is able to develop and increase their activities and attract as many people as possible.”

Greensclough ward Conservative councillor Jimmy Eaton said: “Ski Rossendale has had problems ever since The Chill Factore opened in Manchester. I think this is a mistake and we could be throwing good money after bad. I think it is past its sell-by date.”

Dave Fuller, Ski Rossendale’s managing director, said: "I am delighted that through these difficult times we have been able to secure a positive future for Ski Rossendale. I am looking forward to further developing Ski Rossendale as a great place for our customers to enjoy as part of the excellent wider leisure offering in Rossendale.”

Ken Masser, Rossendale Leisure Trust’s chief executive said: “The Hill, home of Ski Rossendale, is an iconic local asset we believe has a bright future.”