Erewash councillors promise new era for Ilkeston leisure centres under private company

Coun Mike Wallis.
Coun Mike Wallis.

Council leaders have promised a ‘new era’ for leisure services in Erewash after confirming the private company which will take over the facilities.

The company that will take over the running of Erewash Borough Council’s leisure services is Parkwood Leisure Ltd. Parkwood will manage the council’s leisure services as part of a 10-year contract, which bosses say will mean ‘substantial savings’ for the authority.

Parkwood will take over leisure services at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Rutland Sports Park and Pewitt Golf Course in Ilkeston, as well as West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton and Friesland Sports Centre in Sandiacre.

Parkwood will take the leisure services forward from early 2019, with a number of improvements set to be made including the expansion and improvement of gym facilities; new gym, spin and weightlifting equipment; improvements to customer retail and vending facilities, and the introduction of a number of new activities.

Outsourcing the provision of the leisure service will save the council approximately £6 million over 10 years.

About £1.3m is expected to be invested to improve facilities for residents with Parkwood Leisure investing £800,000 with a further £500,000 earmarked for upgrading the leisure centres through a loan from the council to be paid back over the term of the contract.

Councillor Mike Wallis, lead member for culture and leisure at Erewash Borough Council, said:“Our residents and leisure customers have been at the heart of this process throughout. This marks a new era for leisure services in Erewash and we look forward to seeing Parkwood’s plans put into action.”

Peter Fitzboydon, managing director of Parkwood Leisure, says: “Parkwood Leisure has more than 20 years’ experience in running leisure centres. Recently we have invested in our staff and improved our customer experience to help achieve our overall company objective: helping the local community to be happier and healthier.”