>> 28 November 2016
A consultation which will ask members of the public for their views on the concept of a charitable trust delivering sport and cultural services on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council will take place in December following discussions by councillors today.
At the meeting of Full Council on Thursday, Aberdeenshire councillors were asked to consider a series of options for the future delivery of those services, including:
- Outsourcing the delivery of the services to a private company;
- The creation of a public-private partnership;
- Continuation of the status quo;
- An enhanced version of the status quo, through which the services would continue to be directly delivered by the council;
- The creation of a charitable trust, wholly owned by the council
The results of the consultation will inform a further decision by councillors in January as to whether a detailed business case for a charitable trust should be developed.
Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Cllr Alison Evison (Lab-North Kincardine), said:
“The quality of the debate we have had so far gives me confidence that we are now on the right path, a path which could open up huge opportunities to sustain jobs and services.
“This path must include discussions with staff as well as public consultation and I’m pleased to see both happening.”
Co-Leader, Cllr Richard Thomson (SNP-Ellon & District), said:
“The public consultation will help inform us when we meet again in January to decide whether to proceed to a more detailed, full business case for the creation of a charitable trust.
“We’ll be looking for views from sports and community groups, as well as individual residents who have both used and have never used our sports and cultural services.
“Our budget engagement will begin next month and will be promoted across Aberdeenshire so that is your chance to have your say.”