Beechwood Recreation Centre will be managed and operated by Tranmere Rovers for the next five years after a concession contract for the running of the centre was agreed between Wirral Council and the borough’s professional football club.
Under the terms of the agreement, Tranmere will provide the continued delivery of a community leisure service at the centre while leasing the building from the council, saving the local authority an estimated £73,000 per year.
Beechwood Recreation Centre is a much-loved community leisure facility off Fender Way on the Beechwood estate. It comprises a fitness suite, multi-purpose sports hall, outdoor floodlit multi-use games area, a fitness studio, toning table suite and changing facilities, as well as offices, storage space and car parking space.
Previous efforts to identify an appropriate transfer of the facilities to a community organisation had not attracted a viable application.
Cllr Julie McManus, Cabinet member for Community Services, said:
“We have always been clear that we want this facility to remain open for the benefit of the community, but we had to look at the best way to be able to do that.
“There was an option for us to continue to do that in-house with an annual subsidy of £123,000, but there were also other options for us to enter into a competitive procurement process to allow other organisations to run the building and services on our behalf.
“It was on this basis that we have been able to agree terms with Tranmere Rovers which keeps the facilities open for the next five years and saves the council around £73,000 per year in the process and we feel this is the right way forward.” This decision remains subject to call-in until 12th November.