New leisure contract for Torridge

A new leisure contract in Torridge will improve facilities and save tax payers’ money

A LEISURE contract awarded by Torridge District Council will see a new trust managing the area’s leisure facilities.

Non-profit leisure trust 1610 has been awarded a �1.4 million contract by the council to take over management of Torrington Pool, Torridge Pool in Bideford, Holsworthy Leisure Centre and the Torrington Sports Hall & Artificial Turf Pitch for the next ten years.

Tim Nightingale, Chief Executive of 1610, said: “We will be developing some exciting new sports and exercise programmes for the centres which will make a real difference to the health and well being of people in the area.”

The new contract is hoped to revive the existing leisure facilities in the area.


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Vikki Braddick, the Leisure and Cultural Services Manager, project managed the tendering process, and said: “The council is investing a further �85,000 in Torridge pool for a new dance studio and fitness suite, and will continue investment in Torrington Pool which should re-open in the spring with a new roof.”

The contract ensure a significant annual saving for the council and local tax payers, and will begin on February 1.

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