An opportunity has arisen to secure significant investment in The Stirling Centre, one of Medway’s seven leisure facilities.

Medway Council has been approached by a third party to take on the management of the centre under a long-term lease. The arrangement would involve a commitment to enhance the facility, which dates back to the seventies and is in need of ongoing repairs.

Any agreement reached would include covenants to ensure a minimum investment of £500,000 to upgrade the centre, while at the same time maintaining a pricing structure that matches the council’s for existing customers.

The agreement would also provide an opportunity to extend the centre’s opening hours, enabling more people to use its facilities, which include an indoor five-court main hall and three outdoor tennis courts, two five-a-side courts and a netball court.

As the council incurs net costs of around £76,000 a year to run the centre, the proposal would also represent a significant financial saving.

To ensure that this is the optimal arrangement that the council can secure, the opportunity has been offered to the open market, through advertisements in the press.

All responses will be fully evaluated to ensure the best possible outcome for Medway and the Stirling Centre’s customers.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “The Stirling Centre is around 40 years old and is in need of considerable capital investment to make it fit for 21st century use. In the current financial climate the council is not in a position to make those funds available. This opportunity will allow us to provide residents with a greatly enhanced facility, and a more attractive place to enjoy sport and leisure activities for many years to come”.

All bid submissions must be received by 12noon on Friday, 3 February.
For a full information pack email property@medway.gov.uk or phone 01634 332050.

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