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Row breaks out over council loans for leisure centre operators

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A report says the £3.4m in loans ‘might not be repaid’

A row has broken out over loans provided to leisure centre operators in Cornwall to help them through the covid lockdown.

Cornwall Council has provided loans to GLL – which operates leisure centres as part of a contract with the council – totalling £3.4 million.

At a meeting of the council’s customer and support services overview and scrutiny committee councillors took the opportunity to quiz Cabinet member Mike Eathorne-Gibbons about the status of those loans.

Labour councillor Jayne Kirkham asked Cllr Eathorne-Gibbons whether the loans would be repaid, what would happen should GLL go into administration and if any security had been provided for the loans.

The Cabinet member responded saying: “It is intended that the loans and grants will be repaid.”

However, this was picked up by Conservative councillor David Harris who said that a report going to the Cabinet this morning contradicted Cllr Eathorne-Gibbons’ response.

Cllr Harris highlighted that in a council performance report it states of the £3.4m loan that “it is considered that there will be a need for a majority of this to be provided for in a bad debt provision”.

In reply Cllr Eathorne-Gibbons said he “noted” what Cllr Harris had said.

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 19 March, 2021

Posted on NatCorn 5 weeks ago

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