Now that Jubilee Park is leased to Jubilee Park Woodhall Spa Limited (JPWS) there will no doubt be lots of questions people have about how it’s going to be run.
We’ve listed here your likely questions with answers. We intend to update this page with new questions and answers based on your feedback and issues about which clarification is requested.
Who owns the company now running Jubilee Park?
Jubilee Park is now leased by the Parish Council to Jubilee Park Woodhall Spa Ltd (JPWS), a company limited by guarantee and owned by its members. A company limited by guarantee is set up for the purpose of running something on a not for profit basis. All residents in Woodhall Spa, and some park users, are entitled to become members of JPWS and have their say on how the Park is run.
Who are the people behind the company?
They are a group of local residents and Woodhall Spa business owners who responded to the Parish Council’s request to the community for volunteers with the requisite skills to put a plan together to take on the running of Jubilee Park. They give their time freely for the benefit of the whole community. To see the original trustees click HERE.
Why has the park been transferred to a new company?
The Parish Council took over ownership of Jubilee Park with the intention of transferring responsibility for management of the park to a community based company. This was partly because the laws governing Parish Councils prevent them from running commercial enterprises. Since the pool and the caravan site are run as commercial enterprises they therefore had to be managed independently of the Parish Council.
Is Jubilee Park Financially stable?
JPWS inherited a park that needed subsidies to survive. Thanks to community support, good management and enterprising initiatives, the park now pays its way with no public funding and with sufficient surplus to re-invest in an ongoing programme of essential maintenance and improvements. However, our continuing financial success is partly weather- dependent (we need warm dry summers to bring in the crowds!) and current income will not be enough to raise the large sum we need to replace our tired swimming pool buildings. The planned new facility will include year-round studio and gym areas to help us ensure a sustainable financial future. The Trustees continue to search for ways of raising the more than £600,000 we need to achieve this.
Will Jubilee Park change?
We all love Jubilee Park as it is but it is losing money and something has to be done about this to make sure the pool stays open in the future. JPWS has a business plan to take Jubilee Park forward but there are no unchangeable decisions. Become a member of the company and have your say and lend a hand in securing the Park’s future.
How can I get involved?
JPWS is owned by its members. All residents (aged 18 and over) in Woodhall can become members and have a say and vote about the Park’s future; and indeed, can get themselves onto the board and become a trustee, or in corporate terms a director. Membership is open to individuals who live or work in the geographical area defined as the Woodhall Spa Parish, or have a seasonal caravan pitch/season ticket for the swimming pool.
Is the swimming pool going to stay open?
Sustainability of the swimming pool is crucial to the future of Jubilee Park. All the plans and actions of JPWS will have this very much in mind.
How is the charity going to get Jubilee Park out of the red?
Central to JPWS’s plans for Jubilee Park will be the installation of a health & well-being suite. This will bring in year-round income for re-investment in Jubilee Park to secure its future. As a member you can have your say and help shape the future of the Park.
What happens if JPWS fails?
If JPWS fails, the terms of the lease mean that the park returns to the Parish Council; and, they will have to decide what happens next. If JPWS has any debts, because it is a limited company, the debts stay with the company. The members of the company will be asked to honour their commitment and pay £5 each towards the outstanding debt. If the debts are greater than this they will, ultimately, be written off by any creditors. The debts cannot be transferred to the Parish Council or to the people of Woodhall Spa.
If I have a point to make how do I talk to the people running the trust?
You can use the following e-mail address to communicate with the trustees of JPWS : info@JubileeParkWoodhallSpa.co.uk
Are the trustees of JPWS paid or making money in any way out of Jubilee Park?
No. They are not allowed to – they give their time free for the benefit of the community.
I’m a resident in Woodhall Spa – how do I become a Member of JPWS?
On line… Please download a Membership Application Form HERE
Off line… You can pick up a Membership Form from the Pool Reception
I don’t live in Woodhall Spa but I’d like to be a member, am I allowed to do that?
Yes. But this is restricted to people who don’t live but work within the Parish, swimming season ticket holders, campsite season ticket holders and one or two other groups. If you think you might be eligible please download a Membership Application Form and read through the eligibility restrictions HERE
How much do I have to pay to be a member and what am I liable for?
There is no fee to become a Member of JPWS. But by becoming a Member you are liable for £5 as your “guarantee” should the company fail. This liability is limited to £5; but you will remain liable for this amount for 12 months after resigning your membership.
If I don’t like what the trustees are doing or I’m worried about decisions being made what can I do?
First of all you need to be a Member. When you are, you have a number of ways to ensure the trustees are acting properly and in accordance with the rules. More details HERE.