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Community given £5000 to put together plan to run Leith Waterworld

Splashback have until the end of January 2013 to prove they can come up with a sustainable business plan.

Leith Waterworld
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A community group have been given £5000 to put together a business plan to run Leith Waterworld.

The centre was closed by the City of Edinburgh Council in January and they planned to sell the site to help fund the refurbishment of the Royal Commonwealth Pool. Councillors said the site was costing too much money to run.

In September, Splashback were given more time to come up with a bid to run the leisure facility themselves.

They submitted an initial bid in August but councillors were recommended to reject it at full council. Instead, a motion to give the group more time to come up with a more sustainable bid was put forward by the Labour-SNP coalition.

They have been given until the end of January 2013, which is the deadline for re-marketing the property.

On Tuesday, the economy committee of the council approved a budget of up to £5000 to help the group come up with a sustainable bid.

An initial closing date for bids was set for February this year but extended for six months to allow the campaign group to get a bid together. Two other interested parties pulled out when the date was changed.

Splashback’s initial bid required a subsidy of £743,842 over the next three years, which the council say they cannot afford.

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