Leisure centres are your problem now; CLWYD LEISURE HAND BACK LEASES.
RHYL Sun Centre is to be handed back to Denbighshire Council, its current operator Clwyd Leisure said last night.
The company, an arms-length, not for profit trust set up by Denbighshire Council, will also relinquish and hand back the leases of the Nova Centre and the North Wales Bowls Centre on February 1. In a statement issued to news agencies last night it said the assets will be accompanied by the "associated transfer of all site and support staff, save for members of staff required for an orderly closedown of the company".
A company spokeswoman said the decision had been taken having read comments published earlier this week from Denbighshire Council corporate director of communities Hywyn Williams and Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane and listening to the views of residents, customers, staff, unions, local business and councillors.
She added the company was prepared to hand over to the council all the fixed assets and equipment of the company and a sum of PS75,000 with a real commitment to provide further funds if they are available after closedown.
" This will allow the facilities to remain open, secure the jobs of the staff, give customers confidence to continue using the facilities and allow the council to determine the direction of the tourism and leisure offer in the towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn.
"All that would remain is agreement on the details of the arrangement.
" The company would work with the council and assist in any way it can during the transition phase and beyond," the spokeswoman said.
Denbighshire Council is withdrawing its PS200,000 annual support due to concerns over the way the organisation is run.
Mr Williams said last week: "We have notified Clwyd Leisure that enough is enough and our relationship with them must come to an end.
"The ball is now in Clwyd Leisure's court and they must now decide upon the next steps, but the removal of this subsidy should not prevent Clwyd Leisure opening the facilities this forthcoming season as we are aware they have significant reserves available to do so."
Responding to the company's decision to hand back the centres, a Denbighshire Council spokeswoman said: " Clwyd Leisure Limited has chosen to communicate yet again via the media, and the timing of this press release is again unfortunate, not allowing the council the time to consider the proposal which would have been in the best interest of the public.
"Operating in this way only serves to cause further concern for our residents unnecessarily.
"It would be preferable for the company to communicate directly and formally with us, particularly as the press release refers to the future of their work force." Clwyd Leisure was set up by Denbighshire Council in 2001 to run facilities on its behalf.
It employs 70 permanent and 55 seasonal workers at the three centres.
A campaign to keep the three leisure facilities has been launched with more than 3,320 people have already signed a petition urging the county council to lift the threat facing the centres.
The Rhyl Sun Centre (main) and Nova Centre (inset) will be handed back