Issue details

OD/20/48 Temporary Closure of part of the Gainsborough Sports Centre to allow for use as an NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Centre

This decision was made under delegation 10.1(c) of Section 5 of Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution.  That delegation gives the following authority to the Chief Executive:

“Exercise the Council's powers to prepare for and deal with any disaster or emergency affecting life or property in Ipswich.”

The Council has been asked to make Gainsborough Sports Centre available to the NHS to use as a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre for a period of up to six months on terms and conditions to be agreed.


Allowing the NHS to use the site will allow residents to easily access COVID-19 vaccinations potentially saving many lives. It is noted that the proposal would result in service users not being able to take part in some activities at the centre and will reduce the Council’s income from the centre.


Note: it is anticipated that the outdoor pitches will still be available for use (when such use is again permitted within Coronavirus restrictions).The Gymnastic Centre (Pipers Vale) and the FIND centre within the wider site are separate sites/facilities and therefore not affected by this decision.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 20/11/2020

Decision due: 20 Nov 2020 by Officer Decision

Contact: Russell Williams, Chief Executive Email: Tel: 01473 432000.

Consultation process

The Leader of the Council (Councillor David Ellesmere) and the Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Sport and Culture (Councillor Bryony Rudkin) were consulted. The two Opposition Group Leaders (Councillor Ian Fisher and Councillor Inga Lockington) were also advised prior to the decision being made that this was being considered and that it was likely this decision would be made if the NHS wished to use the site.  None of the Councillors listed have raised objection to the proposals.


The Chair of the Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee was also consulted and gave her permission for this urgent decision to be taken.