We have to save £61m over the next two years, on top of the £65m savings we have already made in the past three years.
As a result, services will change and savings are being made right across the council – it is unavoidable.
We announced how we plan to save this money at the start of February, as part of our Budget report for 2014/15 and 2015/16. One of those very difficult decisions is transferring the management of Pugneys to the private sector in 2015/16.
I would again like to stress that this is in the very early stages so no operator has yet been identified. This will go out for procurement in due course but no other details are known at this early stage.
We are confident that an operator will be identified to ensure that we can keep this facility available for local residents.
Wakefield Council’s Service Director Culture and Sport