Decision details

Draw down of loan facility for investment in Leisure Centres operated by Life Leisure

Decision Maker: Deputy Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


On 6 December 2022 the Cabinet considered the provision of a loan facility for Life Leisure (the trading name of Stockport Active CIC) to fund the replacement of equipment, general capital improvements to centres and initiatives to make leisure centres more energy efficient.

The Cabinet resolved to approve the loan facility to a maximum limit of £5m to be requested as and when deemed necessary by the Board and Executive of the Life Leisure during the current service contract that runs until 31 March 2027.

The Cabinet also resolved to delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources to approve specific borrowing requests from Life Leisure under the terms of the overall loan facility, following consideration of appropriate business cases supplied.

The proposed loan facility is of a maximum of £5m to be requested as and when deemed necessary by the Board and Executive of Life Leisure during the current services contract between the Council and Life Leisure which runs until 31st March 2027.

The third and fourth business cases have been supplied and assessed to draw down £427,500 to replace 3G Astroturf carpets at Stockport Sports Village (4,5,7,8,9,10); and £575,000 for gym refurbishment at Grand Central and Stockport Sports Village

The first two business cases were £0.635m for investment, of mostly gym equipment, for the facilities in Hazel Grove and Romiley; and £0.175m of the facility in order to replace the 3G Astroturf carpets on pitch 2, 3 & 6 at Stockport Sports Village.

On the basis of the business case and it conforming with the terms of the loan facility, the Deputy Chief Executive has given approval to the draw down of the loan on the terms outlined in the 'not for publication' report.

(Note: The report contained information ‘not for publication’ that was circulated to the decision maker only).

Alternative options considered:


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Decision Reference: ODDCE450

Declarations or conflicts of Interest: None.

Contact: Jonathan Davies, Corporate and Support Services Email: Tel: 218 1025.

Publication date: 15/05/2024

Date of decision: 15/05/2024

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