Leisure body criticised over offices move

Broadwood Stadium
Broadwood Stadium

Under-fire North Lanarkshire Leisure is spending council tax money on renting offices while bosses wait to move into new headquarters.

The organisation, which runs sports facilities including Ravenscraig and Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council, is switching its main base from the Time Capsule in Coatbridge to Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld.

The timetable has been criticised with one member of staff saying: “Staff were moved from the Time Capsule to various sites before refurbishment work had started at Broadwood. How is this best value for the public purse?

“Ensuring the new base was complete before moving would have avoided the unnecessary expense of leasing office space in the interim.”

A spokesman for NLL said Time Capsule office staff were moved out because of work on new facilities there including a gym and dance studios.

He added: “Some moved to other offices at NLL facilities while others went to a temporary leased office building. The lease of this is a short-term arrangement, allowing improvements at the Time Capsule and creation of new offices at Broadwood to take place simultaneously.”

Last month the Times & Speaker revealed a letter detailing an alleged culture of misconduct within NLL had been sent to North Lanarkshire Council chief executive Gavin Whitefield.

These claims were dismissed by the council as ‘unsubstantiated’, but then we told how an ex-leisure attendant at Ravenscraig had been given £4,000 to settle an employment tribunal claim.

He had alleged he was bullied and, despite the settlement, his dad wants an independent inquiry ‘into the practices at NLL’.