Future of Wadebridge Leisure Center secured as council and local community benefit corporation agree plan


Wadebridge Leisure Center (FOWLC) Community Interest Company will take over management of Wadebridge Leisure Center from 1 September 2022.

The community interest company will take over the GLL site, after having worked together during a transition period.

Welcoming the news, Richard Pears, Cornwall Council Client Portfolio Holder, said: “CIC has been working hard and working with us to ensure Wadebridge Leisure Center remains open.

The Council is committed to working with community groups and organizations to find a financially viable way to keep Wadebridge Leisure open.

Local groups and organizations have been asked to come forward and work alongside the Council to keep the Wadebridge Leisure Center running.

Initial expressions of interest went through a full viability assessment and evolved into a business case and final agreement.

Cllr Richard Pears, portfolio holder for clients, added: “No one wants to see leisure centers close. We have explored all options to avoid this, and all parties have worked hard to find a way forward. »

Emma Tudge of Community Benefit Society FOWLC said: ‘Community Benefit Society FOWLC would like to thank the staff at the Leisure Center, Council Officers, the school and the wider community for their support in making this happen. at this stage. We are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver our vision of a community sports and leisure center for the people of Wadebridge and the surrounding villages from September 1st. Throughout August we will be following GLL as we begin recruiting to grow the team, contracting center recruiters and planning some initial changes to an environmentally and financially sustainable center – a busy time coming “.

James Curry, Service Manager for current operator GLL, said: “This decision is good news for customers of Wadebridge Leisure Center and our hard-working staff. We will provide the necessary support to the new operators during the handover period and wish them every success in the future.

Article published on July 8, 2022


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