Leisure and Libraries Alternative Delivery Model (ADM) - Council
Cabinet will consider a recommendation when it meets next week to establish an
employee led mutual to deliver leisure and library services from 2017.
At March’s meeting, Cabinet considered the benefits and supported the proposal
in principle, subject to further information on how the ownership would work
and evidence that the employees within the service were confident with this
The benefits include planned budget efficiencies of up to 30% while retaining
the current range of facilities and services and minimising any staff
Part of the proposal covers the community asset transfer of Connah’s Quay
Swimming Pool and Holywell Leisure Centre. Cambrian Aquatics are due to take on
Connah’s Quay Swimming Pool from 30 May and plans are being developed by
Holywell community for a similar transfer of the Leisure Centre.
The remainder of the facilities and services would then transfer into the
Employee Led Mutual during 2017. Employees will play an active part in the
development of the final proposals and implementation plans. Thirty-four
employees have formed a workforce voice group to help develop the proposals.
Six members of the group met recently with councillors and service leaders to
comment on the business plan, identify what they feel their role is and
identify important next steps. All parties confirmed their confidence to
progress the proposal. Representatives from both the service leadership and
workforce will be on hand at the meeting to share their views.
Flintshire County Council’s Leader, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said:
I have been really impressed with the engagement and commitment from the
employees and this gives me confidence that this can be delivered as an
employee led mutual with staff playing a key role in making key decisions and
increasing service performance.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Kevin Jones,
This ADM, which includes an employee led mutual and community asset transfers
of Connahs Quay Swimming Pool and Holywell Leisure Centre, provides something
unique in that there are no plans for closure of local leisure facilities or
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education including libraries,
Councillor Chris Bithell, said:
This proposal will help to sustain the library network which we have worked
hard to put in place over the last 12 months and which has included the
community asset transfer of a number of community libraries as well as the
modernisation, refurbishment and re-location of Deeside Library and will
include a similar development at Holywell Library.