- Meeting of Services Overview Committee, Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 6.30 pm (Item 65.)
The Members of the Leisure Working Group had recommended that the proposed development be renamed the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre to reflect the wider range of facilities to be offered by the centre.Â
Some relocation of play facilities was required ahead of the proposed development and the meeting was advised that it was intended that the younger childrenâ€™s play area would be maintained by the appointed leisure provider.
District wide public information events had been carried out and currently 1,250 responses had been received, of which 86% were in favour.Â The operator tender process would identify the income payable to the Council.Â The management income and final build cost estimates would be known before final decisions were made in June 2019.
Members raised the following concerns about the project:
1. That there had been inadequate consideration of the options available to use existing facilities.
2. No other alternatives had been considered.
3. Anticipated usage levels may be overestimated.
4. The effect on the other facilities in Chesham and Chalfont St Peter that were currently successful hadnâ€™t been taken into consideration.
5. Bucks County Council withholding support for the library.
6. Too many contractors being consulted.
7. Risk of Operator â€œget outâ€ clauses.
It was advised that a review of the Chiltern Pools had been commissioned and would be reviewed by Resources and Services Overview Committees. A report to mitigate any risk to Chesham and Chalfont St Peter Leisure Centres would also be reported Resources and Services Overview Committees.
The previously reported structural survey of Chiltern Pools identified significant failings limiting the future life of the Chiltern Pools.Â Alternative sites had been sought within the District but this was the best location. Â The final decision would not be made until the final business plan considered the income to the council, the cost of borrowing and the build costs.
It was generally agreed that the name was not right but to avoid further debate, it was agreed that this could be taken as a working title or project name.
With regard to the cost to council taxpayers, it was advised that the intention was that the income from the centre would pay for the loan.
There was also a reminder that the current operatorâ€™s contract ended in 2020 which was fast approaching so there was a deadline to work to.
Note 1:Â Councillor L Smith left the meeting at 7.50 pm and Councillor Rush left at 8.10 pm.