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 on Thursday.
At the meeting of Full Council, 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
Councillors agreed that the creation of a trust is their preferred option for further consideration and that public consultation on the principle of a trust delivering the services should take place next month as part of the council’s budget engagement process.
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.
Council Co-Leader, Cllr Richard Thomson (SNP-Ellon & District), said: “We know that alternative ways of delivering services have worked successfully elsewhere and it is time for us to consider why we aren’t doing it as well.
“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.”