THE future of Redditch’s council-run leisure facilities is up for discussion as chiefs decide whether or not to create a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) for the service.
At a full council meeting on Monday, November 20, councillors will decide whether to put together a full business case for the ‘arm’s length’ company to operate its leisure facilities.
The proposed LATC would be a separate company set up and solely owned by the borough to run its facilities including the Redditch Palace Theatre, the Abbey Stadium, Pitcheroak Golf Course, Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey, community centres, and allotments.
It would be required to help more people get active more often, while leaving all land and buildings in the hands of the borough council – which would also retain influence over strategy, pricing and programming.
It would also be expected to deliver significant savings and protect the pensions and terms and conditions of existing staff.
Borough councillors will consider whether to proceed with making a business case for the proposed LATC at the November 20 meeting of the Full Council, after it was recommended by the Executive Committee of October 31.