SPORTS and cultural services in East Dunbartonshire have been hived off to a new trust as part of cost-cutting measures.
Legal documents have been signed to create the East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Cultural Trust.
Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “When we agreed to change the way we delivered leisure and cultural services in East Dunbartonshire, we looked long and hard at the options available to us.
“We had to move towards something that would be in the best interests of our customers, our employees and the public purse.
“Looking at the experience of other councils and taking advice from external specialists we settled on a trust model which will benefit from charitable status.
“I am delighted that we have reached the point of transfer and I am optimistic that as well as delivering considerable financial savings to the council over coming years, the trust can maintain and improve the high quality of leisure and cultural services the people of East Dunbartonshire have come to expect.”
The trust will be overseen by 11 board members including councillors, trade union representatives and independent parties.
Councillor Amanda Stewart said: “This is an exciting time for leisure and culture in East Dunbartonshire and I am delighted to be a part of it.
“It has taken a lot of hard work and commitment to get us to this stage and I’m grateful to the council officers and our external advisers who have made it possible.
“Thanks also to my fellow trust board members who have accepted the responsibility of driving leisure and culture forward.
“We hope, over the coming years, to work together for the benefit of the trust’s new services and the people of East Dunbartonshire.”
“This is an exciting time for leisure and culture in East Dunbartonshire and I am delighted to be a part of it.”
Council chief executive Gerry Cornes and trust chairwoman, Councillor Stewart, are pictured with Councillor Geekie.