Cheltenham cabinet votes for trust to run leisure venues

An artist's impression of how the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum will look after the work
Image caption Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum is due to reopen in mid 2013 after redevelopment

A new charitable trust will be created to run Cheltenham venues like the Pittville Pump Room and Town Hall.

The cabinet of the Liberal Democrat-run council gave the proposal the go-ahead on Tuesday.

The decision follows a review of leisure and culture commissioning in the borough to find the best way to reduce the cost to the council by £700,000 a year by 2017/18.

It paves the way for the procurement process to begin.

Leisure@, the Prince of Wales Stadium, and the Art Gallery and Museum, will also be run by the trust.

The plan is for the current people running them to cease being council staff and transfer to the trust.

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