Laura Sharman 16 February 2015

Council to explore joint culture and sport trust

Council to explore joint culture and sport trust image

Scottish Borders Council is exploring the creation of a new trust to provide both sport and cultural services.

The council has begun talks with Borders Sport and Leisure Trust to consider setting up a new integrated trust. It says a combined trust would provide more ‘robust’ economies of scale.

Cllr Vicky Davidson, executive member for culture, sport, youth and communities , said: ‘While a viable business case for a standalone culture trust remains, it is prudent to take the time to investigate the feasibility of establishing an integrated sport and culture trust.

‘Historically most councils operated a leisure and recreation department, so sport and cultural services staff are very used to working together under a single management team.’

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