Sports centre ready for a new chapter

Pictured, from left, Stuart Ashton, of Boston Rugby Football Club, Marc Speirs, Contract Manager PRSA, Neil King, 1Life Managing Director, Cllr Peter Bedford, Leader of Boston Borough Council, Phil Drury, Chief Executive, Boston Borough Council, and Brian Stephens, President of Boston Rugby Football Club EMN-150917-092002001

Pictured, from left, Stuart Ashton, of Boston Rugby Football Club, Marc Speirs, Contract Manager PRSA, Neil King, 1Life Managing Director, Cllr Peter Bedford, Leader of Boston Borough Council, Phil Drury, Chief Executive, Boston Borough Council, and Brian Stephens, President of Boston Rugby Football Club EMN-150917-092002001

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A new chapter in the life of Boston’s Princess Royal Sports Arena has begun as 1Life takes on full responsibility for the centre.

Following a contract signing with Boston Borough Council, 1Life now has the go-ahead to arrange repairs and improvements at the centre.

The repairs and improvements will be paid for by the borough council, but the costs will be covered by energy-saving efficiencies being introduced by the council at the PRSA and the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, generating income and energy savings to fund the work.

An array of solar panels on the roof of the building is already meeting almost all the energy needs during summer days and biomass boilers are on the way, replacing costlier LPG. The investment will also contribute towards reducing the carbon footprint of the facility – annual carbon emission savings are estimated at more than 35 tonnes.

The longer-term future of the PRSA will be without ongoing revenue support from the council.

Council leader, Coun Peter Bedford, said: “Much has been said and written down the years about the PRSA. It has taken a long time and much hard work has gone into this final agreement, which sets the PRSA up for the future on a sound commercial footing.

“It is an excellent and well-used facility. 1Life are experts at managing centres such as these, and the council has every confidence in its ability to take the PRSA forwards. The PRSA remains important in terms of helping tackle the borough’s health and wellbeing issues.”

Neil King, managing director at 1Life, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Boston Borough Council to secure the future of PRSA. This new contract will enable us to build on the positive improvements that have already been made to the centre.”

Stuart Ashton, of Boston Rugby Club which is based at the centre, said the deal would provide ‘secure platform for the long-term future’.