Sport and leisure venues affected as Manchester City Council proposes £30m cuts

Matthew Campelliin Local Authority

Manchester City Council has announced a raft of cuts as part of its 2017-2020 budget review after central government's financial settlement fell £1.2m short of what was anticipated.

The council will reduce grounds maintenance in community sports pitches by £25,000. This figure was proposed to be much higher at £100,000, but was met with local opposition during the consultation process.

The largest chunk of savings for the council from the sports and leisure sector will be through the review of the contract for its sport and leisure facilities.

GLL currently has the contract to operate local authority venues, but that agreement comes up for tender.

According to Manchester City Council, the agreement of a longer terms contract with a facilities operator will save £650,000, taking into account the current financial success of the centres.

Last June, it was reported that Manchester City Council, as part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, established a pilot with Sport England and other public sector organisations to fund the fight against inactivity.

The council's budget review revealed that such partnerships will save a further £100,000 in spending.

Several other sport and leisure facilities in Manchester, such as the National Cycling Centre, Taekwondo Centre and Squash Centre, may be forced to share back office services as the city council attempts to save £30m).

You can read the full article from Sports Management HERE