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Lib Dem Lara asks, "What is the Future for Sports Facilities in Berkhamsted and Tring?"

January 28, 2018 9:23 PM
Originally published by Nick Hollinghurst - Working for Tring, Working for Britain, Working for You!

Since April 2004, Dacorum Sports Trust (DST) has managed the sports services previously provided by Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) on a 20-year contract. Since starting up they have also contracted to run newer facilities and services.

Lara Pringle at Berkhamsted Sportspace Centre

Lara Pringle at Berkhamsted Sportspace Centre

DST is a not-for-profit company and a registered charity and trades as "Sportspace" under which name they are well known throughout the borough and beyond.

They help schools with PE and extra curricular sport, host international events, run special programmes for older people and play a major part in improving the health of our community and in reducing social exclusion through sport. They are noted for the effort they put in to developing sport and the participation in sport.

DST operates with a grant from DBC that by agreement reduces year by year. Any surplus that is made is reinvested into the facilities. DBC retains ownership of the larger sites, such as the Sports Centres in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted. DBC is also the responsible body for the Dual Use Agreements with a number of schools in the area, including Tring.

Now, with 7 years to run before the end of the contract, DST has been given notice and will only be left running some of the newer facilities such as the Little Hey Golf Course, the gyms and the XC Extreme Sports centre in Hemel Hempstead.

A new contract is being awarded to a company called SLM (also known as Everyone Active or EA) but the financial details and the exact specifications are being kept secret from the public.

Concerned residents, such as Northchurch resident and Lib Dem activist Lara Pringle, (shown here outside the Sportspace centre in Berkhamsted) want to know what will be the future charges under the new contract and what facilities will still be available to local families. Residents are concerned too about the financing of badly needed refurbishment, especially at the dual-use centre in Tring.