THE district council has taken over management of leisure facilities in Verwood after an extraordinary general meeting.

Verwood Arts and Leisure Amenities (VALA) has agreed to hand over the management of sports and leisure facilities at Verwood Hub, Verwood Community Sports Hall and Potterne Park.

Christchurch and East Dorset Councils have been carrying out a review of their leisure services with a view to bringing together the management of facilities at Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre in Wimborne and Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre in Christchurch under a single management structure and with a common standard of service and single brand.

The Verwood facilities will now become part of that review.