TLC hit by £70K loss over two months

Teviotdale Leisure Centre in Hawick
Teviotdale Leisure Centre in Hawick
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TEVIOTDALE Leisure Centre made a £70,000 loss during July and August.

While most were out and about enjoying the searing summer temperatures, the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT)-run facility was left in the cold.

However, bosses revealed this week that the projected loss for the two-month period was £60,000. And they are confident that the additional £10,000 can be recouped throughout the remaining months of the current financial year.

Over the same two months last year, when the town endured a miserable summer, the BSLT budgeted for a £68,000 loss and came out £5,000 ahead of their targeted figure. Each year the trust receives a management fee from Scottish Borders Council to the tune of £1.4million to run its nine facilities across the region, including the leisure centre.

Since its launch in 2003, funding from the local authority to support BSLT run facilities has decreased and the organisation faces a further reduction in funding cut of close to £1m over the next four years.

BSLT chief executive Ewan Jackson said: “These are the challenges we face and are fully committed to tackling. BSLT was set up in 2003 as a charitable trust and social enterprise with a voluntary board of local people and professional staff to find new ways of increasing revenue at our facilities and new funding from elsewhere.” The TLC recorded a £439,000 loss in 2004/05, which was down to £230,000 last year.

Mr Jackson added: “We have utilised our skills to lower costs and increase turnover, and with SBC and sportscotland help, have also invested nearly £2million into the centres to make them more attractive to people across the Borders and further afield.”