Derby City Council has been working closely with a local partnership organisation, following a consultation process, which has resulted in the leasing of facilities at Chellaston Park.
An open and transparent expression of interest process was carried out seeking organisations interested in taking on a lease for Chellaston Park and, working in partnership with the Parks Department to manage elements of the football pitches and park.
AFC Chellaston (formerly Chellaston Boys and Girls Football Club) were identified as the preferred bidder.
Following negotiations with AFC Chellaston, the lease of the facilities has now been completed. The club, who have formed a limited company called Chellaston Leisure Limited, will be leasing the changing rooms and community room from the Council and managing them on behalf of the community.
They have also taken on a management agreement under which they will be working in partnership with the Council to manage and develop the park.
Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism commented:
We are pleased to be working in partnership with Chellaston Leisure to bring significant benefits to the local community. This approach will bring welcome improvements to the facilities at Chellaston Park, which will inevitably increase their usage and community involvement.”
Chellaston Leisure will be managing and maintaining the buildings for use by the community, undertaking elements of management and maintenance of the playing fields along with carrying out some litter picking and park improvement work in partnership with the Parks team.
Craig Froggatt, Director of Chellaston Leisure said:
We look forward to making this a successful partnership with Derby City Council. This is an exciting step forward for the park as having a partnership organisation on site will add value and help improve the sports provision on the park by giving the local community more ownership and pride in the facilities.
In addition to AFC Chellaston using the park as a ‘home base’, it is also our aim to encourage and attract other sports teams and community groups to use the community building and sports facilities.”
As the tenant is taking on full responsibility for maintaining and managing the building, they will be able to access funding that is not available to the Council and will have a vested interest in improving and developing the facilities.
Derby City Council Parks team will continue to work alongside Chellaston Leisure to implement a parks improvement plan ensuring that the community will benefit as much as possible from the new developments.