Investments deliver better services at better value

19 September 2017

Newark and Sherwood District Council has a proven record on delivering new projects on time and under budget, new figures reveal. 

Residents and visitors to the district are reaping the benefits of significant investments with improved services provided at better value.

The Newark Sports and Fitness Centre, which opened to schedule last year, has enjoyed a surge in memberships and continues to attract large numbers of visitors to its modern, purpose-built facilities on Bowbridge Road.

Meanwhile, the integrated Visitor Information Centre, National Civil War Centre and Palace Theatre, now welcomes an estimated 84,000 visitors annually, generating more than £1 million a year in income.

The Newark Sports and Fitness Centre, run by the council-owned company Active4Today, cost £68,279 less than the original £9,420,933 contract cost plan. The final cost for the work was £9,352,654.

The facilities are 50 per cent larger than the former grove Leisure Centre and offer all-day access for customers to the sports hall and swimming pools.

Overall, the cost of the council's leisure and sports development services have been reduced from £1,271,356 in 2011/12 to the current figure in 2017/18 of £117,000. This has been achieved through efficiencies, the establishment of Active4Today which generates VAT and business rates benefits and the investment in the new sports and fitness centre which has been able to meet increased demand and generate new income.

The final cost of physically integrating the Palace theatre and National Civil War Centre, which opened in March last year was £1,528,137, an underspend against budget of £87,482. A single management structure also replaced separate management teams that previously existed for both NCWC and theatre.

Councillor Roger Blaney, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said "These major capital projects were delivered on time and under budget for the benefit of our customers and will deliver on-going savings for the council.

"Both these facilities bring significant benefits to the town and wider district in terms of health, well-being. sports and culture and it is ever more important to find ways of delivering these services more efficiently.

"The council will be looking to build on these successes through the move from its headquarters at Kelham Hall to Castle House where, in sharing an office with a range of other public sector partners, we will make further substantial savings for the council taxpayer."

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