Decision details

Management of Leisure Centres

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


There are currently a range of models for the management of leisure centres across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, including in house managed centres and a number of externally contracted and managed centres. This report outlines options for the future and recommends a management model to take forward.


RESOLVED that Cabinet: -

(a)             Agrees Option 2 an in-house model for the interim future management of the in-scope leisure centres;

(b)            Within the context of (a), asks Officers to undertake a further assessment of options to align the public leisure offer across the BCP Council area and to consider wider use of these sites as part of “enabling council” workstream;

(c)             Approve £151k of in-house set up costs funded by the draw down from the specific earmarked reserve to support the SLM Contract;

(d)            Approves £630k of capital investment via prudential borrowing to fund the in-house set up and investment costs;

(e)             Agrees the 12-month programme, detailed in appendix 4, to bring the facilities in house;

(f)              Agrees to further development and implementation of opportunities for residents’ access to health and fitness services at Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Centre including rebranding the facility in line with BCP Council inhouse leisure offer; and

(g)            Delegates authority to the Director of Commercial Operations in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, to implement the recommendations from this report.

Voting: Nem: Con (1 abstention)

Portfolio Holders: Finance

                             Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Connected Communities


To support the Council in improving the health and wellbeing of our residents and communities while ensuring the provision of quality financially and environmentally sustainable leisure facilities.   

Report author: Dan Stone

Publication date: 08/09/2023

Date of decision: 06/09/2023

Decided at meeting: 06/09/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 16/09/2023

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