Leisure goes from three units to one

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Three leisure services in the county are this week being brought together under one operator.

Northumberland County Council is making the move in a bit to secure long-term contractual arrangements, employment and protect the service for the future.

From October, Active Northumberland will be part of Northumberland County Council’s ‘family of companies’.

This change will then trigger the transfer of the former North County Leisure services and Tees Active sites into Active Northumberland, along with Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure services.

For residents, an Active Northumberland card will allow access to discounted activities in all the new group’s leisure facilities.

A new county-wide online booking service has been introduced, which will allow card holders to book activities 14 days in advance.

Customers can exchange their existing leisure card for a new Active Northumberland card at the reception of their local centre.

Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “Combining our leisure services under one operator will further improve the service we offer to residents and bring benefits to the authority, ensuring leisure services have a long and positive future.”

Coun Susan Dungworth, chairman of Active Northumberland, said: “This is great news, both for residents in the county and those employed in leisure services.”

An Active Northumberland card will cost £12 for annual membership and is available at leisure centre receptions.