Views sought on Telford & Wrekin Leisure Facilities and Services

Telford & Wrekin Council is seeking views and opinions from residents to help inform and shape its future leisure facilities and services. The council has recently commissioned industry experts (Max Associates) to support the production of a new strategy to ensure that it’s indoor sports and leisure provision is able to meet current and future demand and will encourage more residents to be physically active.

Views sought on Telford & Wrekin Leisure Facilities and Services

The current Leisure Facilities Frameworkwas published in 2007 and since that time the council has developed newfacilities and replaced, extended, or refurbished all of its leisure centres.The new strategy will provide an assessment of future community need and anevidence base for sports and leisure planning, investment and policy decisionmaking over the next 10 years.

The council will be launching an onlineresidents survey from Wednesday 4 May, the survey will be live until the end ofMay and residents aged over 16 are encouraged to have their say by completingthe survey. The survey will be accessible through the council’s website or byclicking this link

A number of Stakeholder and communityFocus Groups are also planned as part of the consultation.

We want to hear both from residents whouse the leisure centres as to how we can make them even better and fromresidents who don’t currently use them how we can encourage and support them todo so.

Councillor KellyMiddleton (Lab) Cabinet Member for Leisure, Public Health and Well-being,Equalities and Partnerships said:

This is an exciting time as we lookahead to our future investments into Telford & Wrekin Council’s Leisureservices and how we can continue to provide what our residents want and needand we can only can do that by listening to what those needs are. I stronglyencourage residents to take a few minutes to complete the survey and be part ofthis consultation which will shape our future leisure provision.  

The new strategy will ensure that thecouncil’s leisure facilities continue to contribute to our commitment to‘Protect, Care and Invest’ and to ensure every child, young person and adultlives well in their community. The council has invested in its leisurefacilities and policies, including free swimming for under 25s, to ensure thatthe whole community can access high quality community leisure provision. We nowneed your views as to how the future service can be developed and improved tosupport more people to be physically active.

Kirsty Winders, Assistant Director, MaxAssociates said:

“MaxAssociates is delighted to be working with Telford & Wrekin Council todevelop a new Indoor Sports and Leisure Strategy. The Council has an excellenttrack record of engaging and supporting its residents to be physically active,and now wants to build on this trend and identify opportunities to furtherincrease levels of physical activity across the borough. We all know beingphysically active is good for us, but, there are many reasons why we are notactive enough. So, we are encouraging all residents, whether you use leisurecentres or not to engage with the consultation process and complete the survey.We want you to shape the strategy and help us develop solutions that arebespoke to your needs.”

The survey can also be requested as a printed copy fromTelford & Wrekin Leisure Centres – contact details can be found