ELDC councillors have approved the setting up of a charitable organisation in its bid to continue to deliver its leisure, health and cultural services.
The move is expected to save taxpayers at least £1million over its first five years, whilst protecting and maintaining the existing services in the hope of saving more money in the long term.
The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “It is clear that although leisure centres, a theatre and a wider cultural programme are discretionary services, they are highly valued by local residents which is why we want to safeguard these services and give them the means to access further funding than we, as a Council, can’t at present.
“When facing ever diminishing central government funding, it is vital that we look at how we can safeguard these services.
“A trust arrangement would achieve this. This is about maintaining and improving the services for the future.”
ELDC say that residents will see no difference to these services as they are transferred to a Trust, and it is hoped that the Trust will be up and running by January 2015.