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CHESTERFIELD: Jobs ‘at risk’ in leisure restructures

JOBS are ‘at risk’ as council chiefs in Chesterfield carry out a restructure of leisure services.

The move will see the loss of 18 full time staff posts in leisure services provided by Chesterfield Borough Council, which include Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Healthy Living Centre in Staveley.

But council chiefs say the number of staff whose roles are ‘at risk’ is estimated to be six or seven.

The authority is putting in place a new structure for its leisure services to save money and, it says, to ‘improve performance’ and better services.

Cllr Amanda Serjeant, executive member for leisure culture and tourism said: “We are currently putting in place a new structure for the leisure services we provide, including the Healthy Living Centre, Staveley, and Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

“This will mean the number of full-time equivalent posts will be reduced from 71 to 53 - although the number of staff whose jobs are at risk is estimated to be six or seven due to staff leaving, vacant posts currently not filled and temporary staff reaching the end of their contracts.

“We are working with staff affected to help them find alternative employment in the council.”

Some money saved will be used to build the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre if it goes ahead.

Councillors are to decide whether to approve the £8.5m replacement tomorrow, Thursday February 28.

Cllr Serjeant added: “We currently spend £1.8 million each year to subsidise our leisure centres.

“The new structure has been developed to improve performance through introducing best practice, including some recommendations from independent industry experts.

“This will allow us to save money, some of which will be used to build the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre as well as introduce new measures to improve services for our customers.”

The new structure is to be implemented from April.

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