considered a report on the outcome of the work commissioned from
Raise Partnership to review the costings of the proposed Futsal and
football pitch developments at Perdiswell which had first been
considered in July 2018. The Corporate Director – Finance and
Resources presented the report and explained that the work had been
undertaken to establish whether the schemes remain finically
The report prepared by
Raise Partnership was confidential on the basis that it includes
information of a commercially sensitive nature. In summary, it
concluded that both the All-Weather Pitch and Futsal schemes do
remain financially viable, although the former is dependent upon
receipt of a grant from the Football Foundation. Surplus income
derived from the facility would need to be ring-fenced to it for
future maintenance and re-provision. A report will be prepared for
the Communities Committee to consider proposals for taking this
Whilst the Futsal
scheme would still be viable, the capital costs had risen from an
estimated £2.9m to £3.4m. In the event that these were
met in full from borrowing, this would give rise to an annual cost
of approximately £133,000 at current PWLB rates.
Since the 2018 report,
the existing five-a-side pitches adjacent to the Leisure Centre had
been brought back into use and further consideration was required
as to whether the conversion of the facilities to a Futsal stadium
was the most cost-effective use of the site, or whether the
addition of further five-a-side pitches would be represent a better
alternative in terms of value-for-money.
Information about the
use of the refurbished pitches was currently limited as leisure
activities had not returned to pre-Covid activity levels. However,
there would be additional capital costs over and above those
identified in the confidential annex to the report, due to the
five-a-side pitches having been refurbished. The latter work was
undertaken and funded by Freedom Leisure on the grounds that it
receives the income from the pitches. A sliding scale of
compensation was agreed in the event that the pitches were replaced
In the circumstances,
it was recommended that an assessment be undertaken of the
alternative use of the land available for a Futsal facility as
additional five-a-side pitches.
The Corporate Director
responded to questions from Sub-Committee Members.
In the ensuing
discussion, the following main points were made:
The Corporate Director explained that the Futsal facility could be
used for other sports.
The Corporate Director explained that that five-a-side pitches had
been refurbished as they were falling into disrepair and there was
an opportunity to bring them back into use in order to support
Freedom leisure’s Covid recovery. There was provision to pull
back from that position should the Council wish to look to
re-develop the site, but as Freedom Leisure had funded the
refurbishment they would need to be compensated.
The development of an all-weather pitch would fall within the remit
of sport and leisure provision rather than income generation and
would therefore be a matter for Communities Committee to
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