THE running of Whitby Pavilion looks set to be outsourced to a Sheffield-based management company.
It been revealed that Sheffield International Venues (SIV) is the preferred bidder for the tender being market tested by Scarborough Borough Council (SBC).
Later this month the authority should decide whether or not it will retain the running of the Pavilion and Scarborough Spa in-house or enter into an agreement with SIV which is currently putting together its final and best bid for the council.
Head of tourism for the borough, Brian Bennett, told councillors that up to now SIV had met the council’s requirements and the final submission “is very much about costs”.
He also said that Scarborough Borough Council hadn’t made an internal bid and the details of the SIV bid would be compared to the council budget and what SBC could offer within that.
If it does decide to award the contract to SIV it would take on the management and operational responsibilities of Whitby Pavilion and Scarborough Spa from 1 October this year.
At the audit committee meeting last week members also raised concerns about the lack of an executive manager at both venues, the lack of bar facilities which was discouraging potential users and that things like the cash registers needed replacing.
Mr Bennett told the meeting investments had not been made in case an external operator had different requirements.
Sheffield International Venues looks after 14 venues including the 12,000 plus seater Motorpoint Arena, the Don Valley stadium, Sheffield City Hall and local leisure centres and golf clubs.