Transfer of services to culture and leisure trust

Angus Council’s leisure and culture services will switch to a charitable trust by the start of December, the local authority has said.

The new organisation, incorporating 600 staff, leisure centres, libraries and museums as well as other facilities will operate under the name Angus Alive.

A shadow board for the organisation has been established to allow work to proceed on the transfer of services and staff.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, board chairwoman, said: “This is a hugely exciting development in the way that culture and leisure services can be provided in Angus in the future. By transferring the services to a trust there will be greater flexibility and opportunity for the services to develop, to better meet customer needs.

“The trust will be able to access funding sources which the council can’t and this will help to both sustain jobs and where possible achieve savings.”

Following similar trust arrangements put in place by other councils, the Angus Alive trust will operate as an autonomous body, managed by an independent board. It will be commissioned to provide a specified range and quality of services on behalf of Angus Council.

The services provided by the new trust will include museums, galleries, archives, The Webster Memorial Theatre, town halls, leisure and sports facilities, country parks and outdoor recreational facilities.

An Angus Alive information report went before the Communities Committee on Tuesday.