• Everton Park

New operator sought for Everton sports centre

Liverpool City Council is on the hunt for an operator to run its Lifestyles Everton Park Sports Centre.

The local authority says it’s aiming to secure a sustainable future for the site, which was built in 1979.

A report to be discussed by the council’s cabinet this Friday (27 November), recommends an eight week consultation with users, staff, residents and businesses to gauge views on a third party taking over the day to day management of the swimming pool, gym and sports facilities.

The centre – which costs £540,000 a year to run – is one of 10 indoor sport and leisure facilities operated by the council under the Lifestyles brand.

Consultation will start on 4 December 2017 and last for eight weeks.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, says: “There is interest from other established organisations in regards to running Everton Park, and at a time when we have to make significant savings, it is prudent to look at what third parties think could be achieved to improve the facilities for local people.”

The council hopes that interviews with a shortlist of potential third parties will take place at the end of February 2018 and a final decision made in March.

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