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Council To Bring Leisure Centre Back In-House

07 June 2017

Mid Ulster District Council has agreed to bring Greenvale Leisure Centre back under its operational control.

The Magherafelt centre, which has been managed by Pulse Fitness since September 2012, will revert back to the Council from 10 September this year.

The decision supports the Council’s overall improvement agenda for leisure, prioritising the importance of harmonising service standards and pricing across all Mid Ulster facilities, as well as ultimately ensuring all staff working in leisure will enjoy the same terms and conditions.

The Council will also now undertake a review of the overall leisure provision in Mid Ulster in conjunction with a strategic partner and at the same time consider options for future operational arrangements.

Pulse has been notified of the decision and work will now begin to ensure a smooth transition for staff and customers.

  1. In September 2012 following the refurbishment of Greenvale Leisure Centre, the former Magherafelt District Council established a Leisure Services Management Service Agreement with Rock Merchanting Ltd t/a Pulse Fitness (Pulse) to operate the facility.
  2. The contract was for a period of 10 years with the option of an extension for a further 5 years.
  3. Under the terms of the contract, the Council was required to give 12 months’ notice if it intended to terminate the contract at its mid-point. The Council made that decision on 25 August 2015 and the ‘no fault’ termination clause was triggered.
  4. The notification was followed by a strategic review undertaken by Strategic Leisure Ltd, which considered the options available for the continuation or termination of the existing contract and the impacts on the wider improvement agenda for leisure services in the Mid Ulster District Council area.
  5. Greenvale Leisure Centre employees will transfer to the Council under TUPE regulations.
  6. The additional financial cost to the Council will be approximately £400K each year.
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