Selling off council land could help North Lincolnshire sport and culture
Selling off areas of under-used or vacant land at some sports and leisure facilities might be an option North Lincolnshire Council considers carefully over the coming months, www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk understands.
Money generated would be useful to the authority, which Deputy Leader Councillor John Briggs says is committed to providing the best it can for the chargepayers of the area while staying within budget.
There is also a possibility that control of some council-owned leisure facilities could be passed over to interested local groups and associations to manage in the best interests of their clubs, members and the public should they wish to pursue this opportunity.
This would reduce the overall cost to the public purse, which must be met by North Lincolnshire Council chargepayers.
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Councillor Briggs, from Crowle, who is the cabinet member overseeing sport, leisure and culture, said: "We want people involved in the process and working together. Some groups may want to run them. There are specialists out there who may want to deliver services."
Councillor Briggs pointed out the Baths Hall, in Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, was run by "an outside operator" despite still being owned by the council, with some leisure facilities in Epworth also being managed locally.
In addition, the authority had recently forged an agreement with a bowls club in Barton about taking on the facility it uses in Baysgarth Park.
Looking at areas of some existing facilities, although not naming any particular locations, Councillor Briggs described some as "almost beyond repair" having served the area well but now being “beyond their sell by.”
He suggested if there was insufficient demand to support the use of some pitches, they might be off-loaded to help the council coffers from which the leisure budget is drawn.
"A case of one pays for t'other," he suggested. "Some assets may be under-utilised and others have limited life expectancy - which case the question is: What do we do with them?"
"It's about providing the best for the people of North Lincolnshire."