Canterbury City Council has commissioned the Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy to undertake an Indoor Leisure Review to explore future options for the management of its five Leisure indoor facilities located in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay. The Council’s aim for the review is to identify the most effective and cost efficient way to deliver its leisure objectives in the future. The review will explore current arrangements for managing its facilities and explore future options for funding, investment and management.

The Council and Active Life – its leisure operating partner are currently involved in developing three facilities at Whitstable Sports Centre in partnership with the Community College – Whitstable, Herne Bay Sports Village in partnership with Herne Bay High School and Herons Swimming Pool in Herne Bay. The SLC Team delivering the project which will take place this Autumn, comprises of Duncan Wood-Allum, Marcus Kingwell and Associate Consultant John Wood. To complete the team, SLC has teamed up with Joanna Bussell from Law firm Winckworth Sherwood LLP and Steve McIntyre from the VAT Consultancy to provide expert advice to the Council on legal and financial matters.

David Ford, Assistant Head of Culture and Enterprise said, “The Council’s timing for this review is ideal in light of pressures on funding in local government and in advance of the Comprehensive Spending Review. We are looking forward to working with the SLC team to assist us in developing the best way forward for our indoor leisure facilities shaped by the role the Council wishes to play in achieving its objectives in the future.“

Duncan Wood-Allum who is leading the SLC project team said, “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this vitally important review for Canterbury City Council. We will be using our experience to explore all future options with the Council to recommend the most efficient and effective approach for delivery of its leisure objectives in the future.”