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DDDC Leisure Centres Consultation

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Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) is inviting local people to take part in a consultation exercise as part of the process of out-sourcing the management of its four leisure centres as a package to a new service provider.

In December 2016, DDDC’s councillors voted unanimously to start the process for a specialist leisure operator to take over the management of the centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth. The management contract will run for 10-15 years and the leisure centres will remain under the ownership of the council. 

An online survey, available at, together with consultations with partners and key stakeholders, which will help define the contract, which is to be advertised in June this year.

Feedback will be used to inform the tendering specification and the consultation, which is now open, runs until 16 April.

A DDDC spokesperson said: “We have invested heavily in our leisure centres in recent years and this is the next step in sourcing further improvements for a valued service.

“Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Bakewell Swimming Pool, Arc Leisure Matlock and Wirksworth Leisure Centre attract over 600,000 visitors each year and are an important asset to the communities they serve. Most leisure centre members are Derbyshire Dales residents, which is why we are asking local people to help us shape the new contract for the future.”

The results of the process will be presented to the councillors in May 2018, when a final decision will be made.

Local people can sign up to receive regular email updates about the Leisure Review at

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