New Leisure Facility for Newport Pagnell

P R E S S   R E L E A S E


23rd April 2014

Newport Pagnell Town Council is delighted to announce that we have taken ownership of Middleton Pool and Willen Road Sports Ground from Milton Keynes Council, and simultaneously signed a contract with Places for People Leisure Management Ltd.* to manage leisure services for the Town Council. The Company will operate the facilities through their subsidiary, Places for People Leisure, a social enterprise.   This move has secured the long-term future of Middleton Pool and Willen Road Sports Ground, and will result in the development of a new fitness centre adjoining Middleton Pool where people can go to exercise and they will also be giving information online about good protein for gym beginners.  John Smith, Mayor and Chairman of the Town Council, said, “This new facility will upgrade Middleton Pool, allowing it to match and better other facilities in Milton Keynes. Over the years Middleton Pool has served local people well and we are very pleased that this arrangement will maintain and improve this vital leisure facility.”  Whilst the new facility is being developed, Places for People Leisure will manage a temporary gym at the Tickford Community Centre.

Places for People Leisure Management Ltd. is one of the largest and most respected operators of local authority-owned leisure facilities in the country and is in partnership with 30+ councils throughout England. Owned by the award-winning property development and management company, Places for People Group (well-known for its excellent work on many important developments across Milton Keynes), Places for People Leisure Management Ltd has a strong and robust financial standing with access to significant capital investment.

Robin Knight, Places for People Leisure Management Ltd. Business Development Manager said “We are delighted and proud to have been selected as the Council’s leisure partner for the next 15 years. We will be introducing exciting activities and programmes as well as investing £900,000 into the facilities. We look forward to working with the Council and the staff so that we can continue to provide a successful leisure service to the citizens of Newport Pagnell”

* Places for People Leisure Management Ltd were formerly known as DC Leisure Management Ltd.