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New era for leisure

Leisure services will be run by Lincs Inspire from Monday

A new not-for-profit company takes over the management of North East Lincolnshire Council’s leisure services from Monday 1 April.]

Lincs Inspire Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary company of North East Lincolnshire Council, will take over services currently run by SLM (Sport, Leisure Management Limited) from Easter Monday.

This includes all the council’s swimming pools, leisure centres and the King George V athletics stadium.

To assist with the handover arrangements, the leisure centres and swimming pools will close earlier than usual on Sunday 31 March and open at the later time of 10am on Monday 1 April. King George V athletics stadium is not open on Sunday or Monday.

Lincs Inspire’s website, www.lincsinpsire.com, will go live on Monday 1 April when SLM’s Everyone Active website will no longer cover North East Lincolnshire classes and activities that are booked seven days in advance.

Lincs Inspire’s online booking service will be available from Sunday 7 April for classes and activities after 14 April. Classes and activities between 1 April and 14 April need to be booked directly with reception staff at the building where they take place.

Lincs Inspire Ltd will run the council’s leisure facilities under a social enterprise model of management and will take over the management of other council leisure, sport, tourism and cultural services on a phased basis.

Approximately 400 staff currently employed by SLM will transfer into Lincs Inspire Ltd on 1 April 2013, with staff who are employed by the council expected to follow at a later date.

Councillor Mick Burnett, portfolio holder for tourism and culture at NELC, said: “This is an exciting development for the borough and the hundreds of thousands of people who enjoy the excellent leisure facilities we have in this area.”

Lincs Inspire general manager Craig Morgan added: “We're very much looking forward to delivering leisure services for the people of North East Lincolnshire. However, whilst the services won't fundamentally change in the centres, we're installing a variety of new IT systems to manage the services and we would appreciate our customers' patience with them during the first few days while we train our new colleagues and settle the new systems into operation.”

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Notes for editors

Easter weekend opening times are as follows:

Cleethorpes Leisure Centre
Friday 29 March: 7am to 6pm
Saturday 30 March: 7am to 10pm
Sunday 31 March: 9am to 5pm
Monday 1 April: 10am to 6pm

Grimsby Swimming Pool
Friday 29 March: 7am to 6pm
Saturday 30 March: 7am to 4pm
Sunday 31: 7am to 2pm
Monday 1 April: 10am to 6pm

Immingham Swimming Pool
Friday 29 March: 7am to 3pm
Saturday 30 March: 8am to 5pm
Sunday 31 March: 8am to 1pm
Monday 1 April: 10am to 3pm

Grimsby Leisure Centre
Friday 29 March: 9am to 5pm
Saturday 30 March: 7.45am to 10pm
Sunday 31 March: 7.45am to 5pm
Monday 1 April: 10am to 6pm

King George V Athletic Stadium
Friday 29 March: Closed
Saturday 30 March: 9am to 2pm
Sunday 31 March: Closed
Monday 1 April: Closed

SLM are contracted to manage the following services until April 1, 2013, on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council, at which point they will be managed by Lincs Inspire Ltd:

Cleethorpes Leisure Centre
Grimsby Swimming Pool
Grimsby Leisure Centre
Immingham Pool
King George V Athletics stadium.

Other sport, leisure and cultural services to be managed by Inspire Lincs Ltd in the future include the following:

Libraries
Archives
Museums/Fishing Heritage Centre
Sports and Arts Development
Discovery Centre and Meridian Park Showground
Tourist Information Centre
Bradley Football Centre

Members of the Lincs Inspire Ltd Board are as follows:
Cllr Shaw
Cllr Burnett
Cllr Billard
Cllr Walker
Cllr Brookes
Cllr Hornby
Cllr Defreitas

Rob Walsh, the council’s strategic director governance and transformation services will undertake the Company Secretary role.

The Board positions and the company secretary appointment, approved by Cabinet, are non remunerated.