Council creates new Leisure Company despite concerns


Opposition councillors have raised concerns over the creation of a new arms-length Leisure Company by Hull City Council.

Yesterday the labour administration created the Leisure Company despite many unanswered questions and concerns.

Opposition Lib Dem councillors have called for concerns about the transfer of staff, quality of service and management of the new company to be addressed.

Councillor Terry Keal, who sits on the board overseeing the new company said: “It’s worrying that the Labour administration has ploughed ahead with setting up the new Leisure Company despite the concerns raised by councillors.

“The Portfolio Holder responsible for Leisure has rushed this through and has failed to inspire confidence in the councillors on the board overseeing the work. There are still some fundamental questions that remain to be answered.”

“For instance, the arrangements for the transfer of staff from the company has not been worked out.  There are simply too many questions about the level of service that will be offered by the company to list.

Terry added: “The Labour administration really should go back to the drawing board on this one. More importantly they should listen to the concerns of councillors – including their own backbenchers.”


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