Town's leisure facilities out to tender

Councillors cite the Oasis as a good example of privatisation

Councillors cite the Oasis as a good example of privatisation

First published in News

AS part of the Swindon Leisure and Culture Programme, all of the town’s leisure and golf facilities are being put out to tender.

It will involve a company running all the venues for the next 99 years.

Included on the list of sites up for tender are Broome Manor Golf Course, the Health Hydro and the Link Centre.

An advert went out inviting companies to bid, a process which is now complete. The council says by relinquishing control of the sites it will save several million pounds while keeping the sites open.

Councillors cite the Oasis as an example of a successful lease. It is now run by the Morai Group and currently undergoing a major refurbishment with plans to become a major leisure attraction with an indoor ski-slope and a 5,000-seat arena.

However, critics say not enough safeguards are in place to ensure the facilities are not transformed at a later date allowing the companies to get a sizeable chunk of any profit made from selling the land for development.

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5:23pm Wed 5 Mar 14

MrHappy says...

The leases last 99 years but the new owner can change the use after only 3 years? What sort of deal is that?
The leases last 99 years but the new owner can change the use after only 3 years? What sort of deal is that? MrHappy
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8:20pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Davey Gravey says...

An absolute disgrace. Hopefully the Tories are ousted before they can do this.
An absolute disgrace. Hopefully the Tories are ousted before they can do this. Davey Gravey
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9:43pm Wed 5 Mar 14

roberto5 says...

Please do this Lydiard.
Please do this Lydiard. roberto5
  • Score: -1

9:44pm Wed 5 Mar 14

roberto5 says...

Please do this to Lydiard*
Please do this to Lydiard* roberto5
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8:20am Thu 6 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
An absolute disgrace. Hopefully the Tories are ousted before they can do this.
Who would you like to see replace them, Davey?

We know it can't/won't be independents, so who would you like to have running the town?

Doesn't the fact that the Oasis going into private ownership and being improved because of it show you the benefit of this type of move? Or would you rather just see everything council-owned, falling to pieces and making a loss?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: An absolute disgrace. Hopefully the Tories are ousted before they can do this.[/p][/quote]Who would you like to see replace them, Davey? We know it can't/won't be independents, so who would you like to have running the town? Doesn't the fact that the Oasis going into private ownership and being improved because of it show you the benefit of this type of move? Or would you rather just see everything council-owned, falling to pieces and making a loss? ChannelX
  • Score: -4

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