Milton Keynes Council to hand leisure facilities over to local communities and parish councils

    Milton Keynes Council is on track to transfer a number of leisure and community facilities to local parish councils and organisations.

    The decision was made by a Cabinet member last night (20/7) and will see facilities transferred to parish councils and local organisations.

    The freehold transfers will mean that local communities will have more control over their own leisure and community facilities and Milton Keynes Council will no longer have any associated liabilities for the facilities.

    The following facilities will be removed from the Leisure Management contract:

    • Walnut Tree Sports Ground and Pavilion- Freehold transfer to Walton Community Council.
    • Westcroft Meeting Place- freehold transfer to Shenley Brook End and Tattenhoe Parish Council. 
    • North Furzton Pavilion and Sports Ground- freehold transfer to Shenley Brook End and Tattenhoe Parish Council.
    • Westcroft Pavilion and Sports Ground- freehold transfer to Shenley Brook End and Tattenhoe Parish Council.
    • Hodge Lea Pavilion and Sports Ground- a 25 year lease with MK United (the newly merged football club)
    • Oakgrove Leisure Centre- surrender of the lease back to Kingsbridge Academy Trust (Oakgrove School).
    • Warwick Road Activity Centre- for disposal with the Housing Development Board.

    Councillor Jane Carr, Liberal Democrat Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community Assets said: “MK Council wants to make sure these much-loved community facilities have a bright future, and we will put the power to make this happen in the hands of local people and organisations.

    “Local town and parish councils deserve to have control over their own leisure and community facilities. They’re in the best position to make sure that local activities and facilities are in line with what the local community truly wants.

    "By transferring these assets, I look forward to seeing even more community centres, pavilions and sports grounds thrive in the future.”

    The full report can be read here.

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