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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Draft Leisure Strategy and Draft Playing Pitch Strategy

The Council at its meeting on 21 October 2015 approved a draft Leisure Strategy and a draft Playing Pitch Strategy for consultation.

The draft Strategies cover the period 2015-2025 and encompass the Council's built sports facilities, arts and ranger services, a community centre, play provision and playing pitches. The draft Strategies set out a proposed strategic direction for Leisure and Cultural Services going forward and would replace the Council's existing 2004 strategies.

The Strategies outline key aims and actions including establishing a Project Team to undertake the procurement of a new partnership arrangement from 1 April 2020, when the current arrangement with West Lancashire Community Leisure Trust/Serco comes to an end. This would include options for securing significant capital investment for the Council's built sports provision, subject to the finances available, as follows:

  • Developing a new sports centre for Skelmersdale, to replace Nye Bevan Pool
  • Replacing Ormskirk's Park Pool
  • Refurbishing and/or enhancing the sports facilities at Burscough Racquets and Fitness Centre and Bank Sports Centre

Other key Aims/Actions include:

  • Addressing the under provision of football pitches at youth and junior level
  • Supporting the development of linear parks and other cycle routes linking urban areas within the borough
  • Working with partners to expand the GP Referral Scheme and develop sports activities for young people to tackle childhood obesity
  • Providing enhancements to the Chapel Gallery and producing a commercial development plan which includes the scope to rent studio/display space

The Borough Council is launching a public consultation on its draft Leisure and Playing Pitch Strategies for the next 10 years and wants to hear your views on these very important documents. Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “These exciting strategies set out a plan to make our leisure facilities better and ensure they meet the needs of West Lancashire people, in the context of the available resources. We will be working with partners and other organisations to try and achieve these aims.

“We really want to hear the views of people in West Lancashire during the consultation. This will help us ensure that the leisure facilities we provide are what people want.”

A full copy of the draft leisure strategy will be available at your views from Monday 2 November, where you will also be able to give your views on the draft strategy. The public consultation runs from Monday 2 November 2015 until Sunday 10 January 2016. The Council will take into account the views we receive through the consultation in forming the final strategy.

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