The bid to save Ryedale Indoor Bowls Centre is gathering pace with a dedicated team of enthusiasts master-minding a business plan and application to take it over from Ryedale District Council which wants to sell the complex.
Di Keal, a council member and leader of the bid by Ryedale Community Leisure Centre, said: “We are making a good offer to the council and we hope they will seriously look at it because we believe it is the best option for the building – and at the same time gives the council a capital receipt and an asset for the community.”
However, she said, the undisclosed bid was below the £400,000 wanted by the council.
Cllr Keal added: “The council will still do well out of it. It will be a win-win situation. A huge amount of work has been done by so many people to help this bid succeed and we are determined to see our aspirations become a reality.”
Paul Cresswell, the council’s corporate director, said “There is some interest from the market, but to date the only offer received is from The Ryedale Community Leisure Centre. Its offer has not been accepted at this point as it is materially below the current valuation.”
Ryedale District Council is expected to make a decision on the bid in the next few months.