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Contract at Stratford Park gym will not be renewed

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Stroud District Council could take over the daily running of Stratford Park Leisure Centre.

Currently, Stroud District Council manages the popular leisure amenity in partnership with Everyone Active, who will see their contract terminated in two years’ time.

A council spokesperson said: “SLM (Everyone Active) is contracted to run Stratford Park Leisure Centre until October 2024.

“In December 2021 Stroud District Council’s Community Services and Licensing Committee agreed that the contract with SLM would not be renewed when it expires and that the council would explore the future operation of the facility by a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC).”

The SDC confirmed current jobs at Stratford Park will remain safe: “Members of staff at Stratford Park Leisure Centre will have their contracts transferred to the new company under TUPE regulations when the contract changes.”

Stroud District Council chair of Community Services and Licensing Committee, Chris Brine said:  “One of the top priorities in the Council Plan is community resilience and wellbeing, with mental and physical health and wellbeing at its heart.

“We will ensure that our leisure and wellbeing services are fit for the future, and Stratford Park Leisure Centre will play a part in our long-term investment plans to ensure everyone has access to good quality leisure opportunities that meet their needs.”

Set in a picturesque park location, Stratford Park Leisure Centre boasts indoor and outdoor swimming, a gym, over 75 group exercise classes each week, sports hall, squash courts, a sauna and steam room, meeting rooms, and a café bar. Outside features also include an astro turf pitch and tennis courts.

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