Last night’s Resources Committee agreed to support new arrangements which, if implemented, will see us take over the running of the Tandridge Leisure Centre in Oxted and The Village Health Club in Caterham. We have already bid for and won the contract offered by de Stafford School to run de Stafford Sports Centre.
The Council also agreed to provide loans of £2.2 million to carry out major refurbishments at the Tandridge Leisure Centre and de Stafford Sports Centre. The plans for improvement at both facilities include significantly enhancing the facilities and adding new studio space.
This follows a decision by Tandridge Leisure & Culture Trust, which currently operates the centres, to merge with Freedom Leisure, In addition, the Council will pursue the purchase of the freehold of The Village Health Club, at the former Caterham Barracks. Not only will this investment ensure the continued delivery of high quality leisure services for residents, it will also generate financial returns which can be used to support other services.
Councillor Simon Ainsworth, Chair of the Resources Committee, said: “We are excited to work with Freedom Leisure and want to support the proposals to provide high quality leisure and health facilities. This investment will improve the existing facilities for regular users and we hope it will encourage more people to get involved in activities which promote good health. We will ensure these proposals deliver a sound financial return for the Council.”
We are excited to work with Freedom Leisure and want to support the proposals to provide high quality leisure and health facilities. This investment will improve the existing facilities for regular users and we hope it will encourage more people to get involved in activities which promote good health.Councillor Simon Ainsworth, Chair of the Resources Committee
Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Freedom Leisure Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that as a result of very productive discussions with Tandridge District Council, Tandridge Leisure Trust is merging with Freedom Leisure to ensure the future of leisure centre provision. Freedom Leisure operates high quality, locally focussed services and is committed to their ongoing development. As a not for profit organisation, we reinvest all surpluses into our centres in support of the objectives we share with our partners, so we look forward to working with Tandridge District Council to deliver improvements to the facilities and services to enable people in the district to be more active, more often.”