Rossett Sports Centre will remain open for use outside of school hours after Harrogate council’s withdrawal of funding from mid 2014.
Following a user consultation, the authority agreed this week to hand operation of the centre over to owner Rossett School, and both parties assured the ‘Advertiser the popular hub will remain buoyant.
Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources and Rossett ward Coun Jim Clark (Con) said: “We had a consultation with users, and people were concerned the facility would not stay open outside of school hours.
“The school is going to take over the running of it and keep it open for community use, and that is what most users wanted, there are no alternatives nearby.
“It makes sense for the school to run it because they own it.
“It was costing the council money. As far as I am concerned this is good news because it keeps the facility open for the public.
“I have confidence that the school will continue to run and improve it.”
Rossett School headteacher Pat Hunter said: “We are delighted that we have the opportunity to continue and further develop this important community facility.
“Our ideal is to enable the school and community to further integrate and collaborate.
“We will be liaising closely with Harrogate Borough Council over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.”
The change in operation is set to take place at the end of the school year.
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