Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Progress on Cleansing and Leisure

Recycling centre.
Season greetings to everyone, I am writing this report at the beginning of December, but I thought I would give you some updates on issues.

Arun has re-let it’s cleansing contract with at least savings of £250,000 pa, (Stop press Just heard the savings will be about £375k)  it’s been let on virtually the same basis as the previous contract for 3 years from january 2017 with an option of an extension of 3 years, eg weekly refuse and fortnightly recycling, The winning bidder is Biffa, the previous supplier,  so I see it as a win win for the tax payer, Arun and I am very pleased as portfolio holder to have helped in achieving this for all residents of the district.

Flyover of the proposed centre. A Planning application has gone in for the new Littlehampton Leisure Centre which will have 

• 80-85 station gym (circa 450 sqm)
• 1 dance studio (50 capacity and divisible into 2 spaces) • 1 spinning studio (25 capacity)
• 8-lane 25-metre pool (fully accessible)
• Learner pool (moveable floor and fully accessible)
• CafĂ© (30 capacity)
• Multi-purpose/meeting room
• 4 court sports hall

The Planning application will be heard on the 4th of January 2017

It will cost £15.3M, but is being paid for by savings from the new Leisure contract (with Freedom Leisure) of £1.15M which will increase to £1.35M once the new centre is built.  Arun will invest £8M of it’s own money and borrow the balance from the Public Loans Board which can give very low interest rates of less than 2.5%.

One stipulation that i have insisted on is to build the new centre before we close the old, so we have a seamless service provision

The increased efficiencies of a new centre with the low interest rates makes a very good business case to build the centre and underpins arun’s reputation in investing in Leisure as a way of champion quality of life issues.

On another leisure issue, I have helped to get a grant of £25,000 from the Joint Downland Area Committee towards the Arundel lido LEAP project (Provision of new changing facilities and a gym), it’s only a first step to providing the overall project, but something that again will improve leisure prosion in the town and surrounding villages.  Until next month,

Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton and Cabinet Member for leisure & Aemities on Arun District Council. Email cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk. Website: www.pauldendle.org

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