Future of Windmill Hill GC secured

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim February 24, 2016 13:15

In a sign of optimism in the industry, a Milton Keynes golf club that struggled through the economic downturn has had its future secured.

The operation of Windmill Hill Golf Club, which saw its membership drop from 600 in 2000 to 131 in 2010, and rounds of golf at the venue halved in that time, has passed from Milton Keynes Council to 1Life Leisure Management Solutions, as part of a ten-year deal that will see 1Life invest in the facility.

The club suffered particularly from 2007, when its clubhouse burnt down, causing 18 months of business interruption. It then stated that its replica replacement building was prohibitively expensive to maintain and therefore sought planning permission to build 89 homes on an area of land consisting of the main clubhouse plus other buildings, a car park and a small part of the golf course, and would use the money to build a smaller clubhouse plus a driving range and car park, as well as carry out significant landscaping alterations to the course. However, the application was refused.

With the club’s future now secured and uncertainties removed, 1Life will convert the boxing gym at the venue into a Milon Circuit facility.

Milton Keynes council

Milton Keynes Council

“This will have brand new electronic circuit equipment which is simple, safe and provides effective total body training for all types of users,” said a spokeswoman. “With some upgrades to the food and beverage areas, 1Life will build on the already busy and growing events and functions.

“We are delighted to confirm that Milton Keynes Council and 1Life Leisure Management Solutions have formed a brand new partnership, following the council’s decision to award its leisure management contract to this forward-thinking company.”

The contract means 1Life also takes over the responsibility for operating Woughton Leisure Centre, Woughton-on-the-Green Playing Fields, Brooklands Community Sports Pavilion and Broughton Community Sports Pavilion.

“1Life presented innovative facility development plans and exciting programmes for new and existing activities for all five venues, investing over £1.5 million in total. The proposals will enable each centre to provide new services for their local communities and help everyone achieve a healthier lifestyle, whilst also delivering excellent customer service.

“The staff at each centre will transfer to become new 1Life employees, maintaining the same employment terms. Moreover, with the expansion plans 1Life have set out, there will be new employment opportunities for full time, part time and apprenticeship staff, as well as a programme of comprehensive training and development to deliver.”

Councillor Liz Gifford said: “This is a great result in terms of improving the leisure facility offer in Milton Keynes. I would like to welcome 1Life as a new player in the borough and look forward to seeing a host of improvements not only to the buildings but also the range of activities offered at these vital facilities.”

Neil King, managing director of 1Life commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Milton Keynes Council to invest and continue the growth of the leisure services. This new contract will enable us to build on the positive improvements that have already been made to the centres and will see the launch of many new additional services for the local community. We are excited about the challenge ahead and are committed to running leisure facilities that provides local people with the chance to be more active more often.”


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim February 24, 2016 13:15
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