Jobs at risk at leisure centres, councillor says

Related Stories

The man in charge of Swindon's leisure centres admitted jobs could be lost if private companies start running them.

The borough council said it could no longer afford to keep them all open and contracts to run the sites were currently being put out to tender.

Conservative Keith Williams said the move would protect the facilities but admitted it was "always a risk".

Labour councillor Junab Ali said the council had to assert maximum pressure to get the "best deal" for the centres.

"It is ironic as the whole idea was to give it to a third party on a 99-year lease so jobs and facilities were protected for the public," the shadow spokesperson for leisure, libraries and culture added.

Mr Williams said all of the current staff would be "transferred over" to the other organisations once a deal had been signed.

"They will then be employed by the other organisations. They will need to operate things as they see fit," he added.

Mr Williams said the borough was currently spending £3.1m per year in support of leisure and culture facilities.

"We've also got a backlog of £4m to £6m. That's something that we can't afford to sustain going forward," he added.

"Leisure unfortunately is not a statutory service that the council has to provide.

"So, when it comes to areas like adult social care and children's' services that need extra support, it's going to be the non-statutory services like leisure that get cut."

In 2010 Wiltshire Council turned over control of leisure centres in Corsham, Downton, Pewsey, Tisbury, Westbury and Royal Wootton Bassett, as well as Westbury and Bradford-on-Avon swimming pools, to community groups and trusts.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Wiltshire



27 °C 15 °C


  • Shinji Mikamo as a boy, and Hiroshima bomb cloudLove and the bomb

    The Japanese man who lost everything but found peace

  • Northern League supporters at the party's annual meeting in 2011Padania?

    Eight places in Europe that also want independence

  • scottie dogShow-stealers

    How Scottie dogs became a symbol of Scotland

  • Hamas rally in the West Bank village of Yatta, 2006Hamas hopes

    Why the Palestinian group won't back down yet

  • The outermost coffin of Tutankhamun 'Tut-mania'

    How discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb changed popular culture in 1920s

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.