New company to oversee move for Keynsham Leisure Centre
Published on: 10 Jun 2015
Keynsham Leisure Centre will soon be under new management, which will oversee plans to build a new centre somewhere in the town.
Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced that it has appointed Greenwich Leisure Limited to run its leisure centres from July 1.
GLL will be responsible for taking charge of the project to replace Keynsham’s ageing sports facility at the Riverside complex. The new centre will include a pool, learner pool, fitness suite and studio space.
A site has yet to be earmarked for the new centre and local councillors say residents must be involved in the process.
Keynsham councillor Charles Gerrish, who is also deputy leader of the Conservative Group, said: “The signing of this new leisure contract is good news for Keynsham as it secures the future of leisure provision in our town, with a multi-million pound investment in the pipeline.
“However, it is essential that Keynsham residents are fully and properly consulted over the future of leisure provision in our town before any plans for a new leisure centre are finalised. This is something we committed to prior to the election and we will ensure the council and its new contractor fully engages with residents as proposals are developed in the months ahead.
“We will also be seeking an urgent meeting with the new contractor to ensure they understand the aspirations of the community and that future provision meets with residents’ expectations.”
The contract with GLL will see around £17 million invested in upgrading and modernising the council sports centres, said council leader Tim Warren.
Mark Sesnan, managing director for GLL, said, “We are very pleased to have been chosen to manage the leisure facilities in Bath and North East Somerset on behalf of the council. As a not for profit charitable social enterprise which operates over 170 sport and leisure facilities across the UK, our objective is to increase sports, health and physical activity in Bath and North East Somerset, and to bolster levels of sports participation in each of these leisure facilities.”
B&NES leisure centres, including Keynsham, have been run by Aquaterra since 2003, whose chief executive Antony Kildare said the charity was “sad to be parting with a great community of people and staff, but are delighted with what we have been able to achieve in the last 12 years”.