THE keys to some of Redditch’s prime leisure facilities will be handed over to new firm Rubicon Leisure on Saturday, December 1.
And to explain what’s going to happen to last minute drop-in sessions have been organised by the borough council to keep local residents in the picture.
These are today and tomorrow, Monday, November 26 at the Town Hall and Tuesday, November 27 at the Abbey Stadium from 4.30pm to 6pm where staff will be on hand to answer any questions people might have.
Rubicon Leisure is what is known as a local authority trading company which will have shareholders made up of five elected borough councillors but the freedom to act as a private company.
It is believed by operating in this way Rubicon will be able to support the council and help it enrich lives and strengthen communities through leisure and culture.
Councillor Mike Rouse, the borough’s portfolio holder for leisure and tourism, said: “This is a bold new chapter for Redditch, where Rubicon Leisure can build on the work the council has done providing these services.
“Rubicon will be owned and steered by the council for our residents with a mission to improve services for everyone.
“I’m looking forward to Rubicon Leisure fully establishing itself and unlocking leisure for our community in Redditch.”
Every year its business plan will be approved by the council and it will also required to work with the council to identify investment into the services where funding allows.
The Shareholders’ Board consists of three members of the controlling group and two others and is chaired by Coun Matt Dormer (Con, West) Coun Mike Rouse (Con, Church Hill and vice chair), Coun Gemma Monaco (Con, Batchley & Brockhill), Coun Mark Shurmer (Lab, Lodge Park), and Coun John Fisher (Lab, Matchborough).
Rubicon Leisure will run the Palace Theatre, Abbey Stadium, Pitcheroak Golf Course, Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey, plus some of the town’s community centres.
Information also continues to be available at www.redditchbc.gov.uk/rubiconleisure.