Stratford District Council’s Cabinet has agreed to take over the Greig Centre in Alcester, with a view to investing in the facilities.
Following legal advice, the District Council’s Cabinet has agreed to serve six months’ notice to terminate the long standing Leisure Agreement with the Greig Trustees.
Cllr Chris Saint, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: “This has been a concern to the District Council for some time and we are making every effort to keep this valuable facility open for the people of Alcester and the surrounding area, by acquiring the property.
“So by taking this decision today, the District Council should be able to safeguard the future of the Greig Centre and provide valuable much needed investment in the leisure facilities for future generations.
“We anticipate the site coming back under the District Council’s control when we will firstly look to refurbish the Lifestyles Sports Hall at the Greig Centre and also work with local representatives to reopen the Greig Hall.”
A source at the trustees told us:
"If the district council take it over it could mean the sports facilities are closed for up to two years and they're concerned the whole site could be lost - meaning Alcester's legacy disappears"
"We have looked at many other possibilities and approaches as The Hall appears of no interest with seven years having past.
The most recent has come from Orbit who have said they could build 36 fully affordable homes which are desperately needed.
Alcester has the highest need for affordable housing in the district.
This would see Alcester having funds made available to see the Greig Lifestyles building fully upgraded at no cost to the Council.
There could also be many other benefits such as Dementia Day Care centre.
Whatever the result, the funds would be kept in Alcester.
The funds from this would be used to for Alcester. The Trust want to ask the community what they want.
The community must understand that if SDC force this then Alcester lose out."