Rescue bid for Yate sports complex

April 27 2015

A PLAN is being drawn up to ensure Yate Outdoor Sports Complex remains open to local clubs after being threatened by spending cuts.

A PLAN is being drawn up to ensure Yate Outdoor Sports Complex remains open to local clubs after being threatened by spending cuts.
The complex (YOSC) next to Brimsham Green School is made available to clubs and other users when not needed by the school under a dual-use arrangement.
Circadian Trust, which also runs South Gloucestershire Council’s leisure centres, currently manages the facilities outside school hours on behalf of the council but its contract will run out at the end of October.
The council has to make further cuts and said it would save money by not renewing the contract. However, it said it would be making new arrangements to allow continued community use.
That involves Yate Town Council putting together a deal with Yate and District Athletics Club and other users.
YOSC is used by the school every day, provides full athletics facilities and has an all-weather surface as well as a club house.
The town council and athletics club have had talks with South Gloucestershire and it is hoped negotiations will be finalised soon to avert what has been described as a “potential disaster” for local sport if clubs can no longer use the complex.
Yate councillor Chris Willmore said: “We are absolutely committed to keeping YOSC open. It’s a really well used local facility. It’s not going to be easy but the athletics club is really coming up trumps in helping us put together a rescue.
“We’ve had a consultant’s report on options and are working on a business plan. We’re sure we’re going to find a way to keep it going.
“South Gloucestershire is being really helpful and earmarked some capital to come to us, which will enable us to do it up. The likely outcome is it will be run by a charitable company set up by the athletics clubs working with the town council.
“With disabled athletics, national level athletes and users from toddlers learning hockey through to elderly joggers, we really want to keep it going.”
Jeremy Dale, vice-chairman of the athletics club, said: “We are now waiting for South Gloucestershire to come back with proposals.
“We need the track and are very keen for an agreement to be reached.”