New council trust goes live today

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ANGUSalive, the new trust set up by Angus Council, takes over the operation of culture and leisure services in the county today (December 1).

The chairperson of the ANGUSalive Board, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “This is a really exciting day for us and the culmination of months of hard work to transfer staff and services to this new charitable trust. Our new organisation starts from a great place as we have experienced and enthusiastic staff ready on day one to provide fantastic culture and leisure services for the people of Angus.”

Kirsty Hunter the new chief executive of ANGUSalive said: “I am delighted to join ANGUSalive and to have the opportunity to work with such a motivated team. Our initial priority is to ensure there is a smooth transition in the provision of services. We then have huge ambitions for our new organisation to develop these services in the future. By operating our services through a charitable trust we can explore different ways to improve and develop culture and leisure services in the county, and potentially be more cost-effective too.”

Following similar trust arrangements put in place by other councils the Angus Alive culture and leisure trust is operating as an autonomous body, managed by a board of directors. Angus Council has commissioned the trust to provide a specified range and quality of services. The services provided by the new trust include museums, galleries, archives, The Webster Memorial Theatre, town halls, leisure and sports facilities, country parks and outdoor recreational facilities. A new service integrating libraries and the local ACCESS Office functions is also part of the new trust. The buildings used by culture and leisure services continue to be used by the new trust but remain entirely in council ownership.

More information about Angus Alive is at www.angusalive.scot.