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Health & Leisure review - customer forums

Our review of the Health & Leisure service continues and we would like to clarify to our customers what is happening.

Below is an update and we would also like to invite you to come along to one of the customer forums we are holding at the centres in June (see below for dates, times and locations).

Leisure is a very valued service to the Council and to the residents of the New Forest but it requires regular significant investment which is increasingly difficult with ongoing budget reductions.

In the summer (2019) we will be inviting partners to tell us how they would deliver the service and how they could add value. If we can find the right partner we will enter into a 10 year management agreement protecting many of the current elements of our service, for example, school use.  An external partner can bring economies of scale, investment, and additional expertise.

In summary:

·        The leisure review is being done so that we can continue to provide customers with a quality leisure service.

·        We are not 'selling off' the centres. We are looking for a partner to manage the service on our behalf (NFDC would continue to own the buildings).

·        We are seeking a partner with a community focus who will continue to invest in our leisure services.

·        You are unlikely to see any changes in the centres as a result of a partnering approach until April 2020.

You are invited to come along to hear more and ask questions:

Monday 10 June

New Milton Health and Leisure 1.00pm - 2.15pm Studio 2

Applemore Health and Leisure 6.00pm - 7.15pm Café Area

Totton Health and Leisure 8.15pm - 9.30pm Studio 2

Tuesday 11 June

Ringwood Health and Leisure 1.00pm - 2.15pm Studio

Wednesday 12 June

Totton Health and Leisure 12noon - 1.15pm Studio 2

Ringwood Health and Leisure 6.00pm - 7.15pm PlaySite

Thursday 13 June

Applemore Health and Leisure 1.00pm - 2.15pm Studio 1

Lymington Health and Leisure 6.00pm - 7.15pm Studio 2

New Milton Health and Leisure 8.15pm - 9.30pm Studio 2

Friday 14 June

Lymington Health and Leisure 1.00pm - 2.15pm Studio 2

Published: 29 May 2019
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