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Plan for future of PRSA gets final approval

A plan for the future of the Princess Royal Sports Arena has been agreed by Boston Borough Council.

The council agreed on Monday night to a long-term solution for the PRSA to operate without ongoing revenue subsidy from the council, effective from early this year, allowing the Boston Sports Initiative (BSI) to dissolve, or for officers to work with other organisations to deliver a solution.

The council also agreed to make up to £560,000 available for bio-mass and solar energy-saving efficiencies at the PRSA and the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, generating income and energy savings of £2,407,000 over 20 years and that £840,000 is made available to fund PRSA repairs and improvements.

PRSA running cost savings of £1.75 million over ten years will go towards the council's medium-term budget deficit.

Council leader, Cllr Peter Bedford, said the PRSA was important in terms of helping tackle the borough's health and wellbeing issues - unhealthy lifestyles leading to issues such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular illness. The PRSA represents a low-cost and positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of local residents, he said.

It was agreed to recommend that up to £75,000 is made available to deliver new management arrangements for the PRSA, external funding sources should be investigated, that the audit and governance committee, supported by professional advisers, oversee legal documents relating to the lease and that a scrutiny report comes back to the environment and performance committee.