Wigan Council is to take over responsibility for maintenance of some local parks and cemeteries.
They have agreed a 10-year partnership with the leisure and culture provider WLCT, who will continue to manage services with the greatest impact on health, such as leisure centres, sports development services and healthy living programmes.
The council recently committed to a significant investment programme investing heavily in improving sports and leisure facilities such as Howe Bridge Leisure Centre and Robin Park Sports Centre. The new agreement also means the council can keep the cost of visiting leisure centres among the lowest in the region.
The renewed partnership with WLCT lets the council keep costs among the lowest in the region for residents using the borough’s leisure centres.
In November libraries, museums and the archives service moved back to Wigan Council as part of the Deal for Leisure.
Next month the Greenspaces team, which takes care of grounds maintenance, a number of borough parks and bereavement services, will follow suit. This will allow the council to develop these services in line with significant reviews already underway.
Haigh Woodland Park, Pennington Flash and Mesnes Park will remain under WLCT management.
Coun Paul Kenny, cabinet member for leisure at Wigan Council said: “The health and wellbeing of Wigan Borough residents is our top priority.
“By allowing WLCT to focus completely on health and leisure activities, we believe together we can build on their excellent track record of increasing participation in sport and activities in the borough. We see this as a strengthening of our partnership which will help people to live longer, happier and healthier lives.”
WLCT chair of trustees Andy Wiggans said: “This will ensure we will continue to work closely with the council and build on the positive work carried out over the past 12 years to get people in Wigan more active and healthy.