Through investment and a new partnership agreement with leisure providers Sports Leisure Management Ltd (SLM), a series of improvements are on the way for Oadby’s much-loved country park and centre.
After hearing a series of proposals to improve future delivery, facilities and usage of Brocks Hill Country Park & Centre at a meeting at the main Council Offices (5 September 2017), a majority Oadby & Wigston Borough Councillor vote, gave backing and the go-ahead to a £1.2m investment and new partnership arrangement.
Existing partners SLM, who run the Parklands Leisure Centre on the existing site under its trading name, Everyone Active, put forward a series of options for improved use and it was agreed through Council investment and a variation to the existing leisure contract that was already in place, that SLM would run the centre on the Council’s behalf. The country park and its facilities would continue to be directly managed by the Council.
Other exciting improvements planned under this new partnership agreement include: the encouragement of a greater range of physical activities, enhancing the on-site car parking and pedestrian access. Plus, the cafe provision at the site will be upgraded to include catering for conferences and meetings.
Leader of Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, Cllr John Boyce welcomed the £1.2m investment and said: "I am delighted with the decision to invest further in Brocks Hill. In partnership with our leisure services provider, SLM, we will see further provision for groups and younger children whilst securing the long term future of the country park."
Dan Hicks, Area Manager at Everyone Active added: “We are delighted to be extending our already successful partnership with the Council. Safeguarding the future of Brocks Hill was very important, and we are pleased to provide a solution that will not only increase visits to the centre but also participation at Parklands Leisure Centre.
“Through investment in children’s activities, including a soft play area and climbing walls, the new partnership agreement will help us to get even more young people active.”