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Future of Sport and Leisure Provision
Meeting: 05/03/2019 - Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee (Item 146)
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Mr Mike Evans, the Leisure Manager, presented a report on the Future of Sport and Leisure Provision which set out proposals to conduct stakeholder engagement that would jointly address options for future leisure provision and the Maidstone Leisure Centre.
Mr Evans highlighted that:-
The Borough had a growing and ageing population
which was why future leisure provision
should be tailored to the needs of all the population.
Although there was a strong indication in the
borough that residents were fairly active or active (77.2%), there
was an element of the population that are not physically active
The Leisure Centre was the borough’s flagship
sports centre and had five years left to run on its current 15 year
management contract. The condition of
the leisure centre building was unknown and there was uncertainty
as to whether a similar 15 year contract would be
An engagement process would be undertaken to consult
with key stakeholders. A project
officer would be recruited to support the entire consultation
Chairman emphasised that there was no intention of the Council to
dispose of the Leisure Centre but it recognised that it required a
lot of refurbishment and building works to be carried out to
sustain its future provision.
The Committee made the following comments:-
The Committee should be fully involved in the
stakeholder engagement at all stages.
Sport England should be invited at the outset of the
engagement process and also Birmingham City Council who had
undertaken an Active Wellbeing programme aimed at those residents
who were inactive so would be able to provide knowledge and
That schools should be surveyed to identify what
facilities they had for sport activities and whether they made
provision for others to use the facilities.
That a stakeholder engagement exercise be run to
understand the feasibility of recommendations in the Sports
Facilities Strategy and Playing Pitch Strategy and to shape the
future of sport and leisure provision in the borough.
That all Members of the Heritage, Culture and
Leisure Committee be invited to participate in all stages of the
That the stakeholder engagement frames future
leisure plans for the borough alongside its existing commitments,
including the future of Maidstone Leisure Centre.
That Sports England be invited at the outset of the
stakeholder engagement exercise.
That the leisure centre surplus share be used to
fund a fixed term project officer post at a cost of £18,865
per annum to support the stakeholder engagement exercise.