Official signing for leisure services

Pen to paper: Pictured, from left, Ian Emmerson, Stuart Davy and Robin Wright.
Pen to paper: Pictured, from left, Ian Emmerson, Stuart Davy and Robin Wright.

This means from the New Year, the Magna Vitae Trust will take responsibility for running such venues as the Embassy Theatre and Swimming Pool in Skegness.

On Thursday, chief executive of ELDC Stuart Davy, chairman of the trustees of Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture Ian Emmerson, and trustee Robin Wright put pen to paper on the official working agreement document which will allow the trust to manage and operate leisure, culture and health services on behalf of the council from January 1.

Mr Emmerson said: “I wish to thank the council for its dynamic and forward-thinking approach which will allow the trust to take on the management and operation of these services. The Magna Vitae Board and its team of staff will work hard to ensure the services not only continue to thrive into the future but also grow and develop, improving the lives of people in the district.”

Mr Davy added: “We have every faith in Magna Vitae’s ability to operate these services and to continue to develop them in the future. We wish the MD, Mark Humphreys, and his team every success in this new venture.”

In addition the trust will also manage festivals and events - including SO Festival and Wolds Words - the district’s sports and arts development programmes, and work with Lincolnshire County Council to provide health improvement programmes for people living in the district. 

The council accepted a business plan from Magna Vitae last month.