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Friday, February 26, 2016

New Leisure Strategy and Playing Pitch Strategy

New strategies to guide how West Lancashire Borough Council provides leisure services and plays a role providing playing pitches over the next 10 years have been adopted by the authority.

The 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 strategies, adopted by the Council at its meeting on Wednesday 24 February 2016, set out a proposed strategic direction for Leisure and Cultural Services going forward.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “I am very pleased we have adopted these strategies as they will help the authority enormously in its work to provide leisure facilities in the coming years.

“Leisure services in the borough are very important to local people and we are very grateful to everyone who took part in the public consultation we held on these strategies. We have considered the views expressed in the consultation very carefully when forming the final strategies and we are also very grateful for the complimentary remarks made by people about our services during the consultation.”

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 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 or refurbishing Ormskirk's Park Pool
  •  Refurbish and enhance the sports facilities at Burscough Racquets and Fitness Centre, and, if possible, also Banks Leisure 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 new strategies will be available on the Council website in the near future.

To find out more about West Lancashire Borough Council Leisure Services please visit leisure.

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