Your views on leisure provision in the District

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Wealden residents are being invited to take part in a consultation to help Wealden District Council shape future leisure provision.

The Council wants to gain a better understanding of your current exercise patterns and future needs. It wants to ensure that high quality indoor and outdoor leisure provision is easily accessible to all residents in Wealden to allow everyone to be more active, more often.

The short survey seeks to identify residents’ physical activity needs and any impacts that Covid-19 may have had on their routine.

Councillor Philip Lunn, Wealden Cabinet Member for Community and Public Health and the elected representative for Crowborough South East, said:

The benefits of taking part in regular physical activity cannot be over exaggerated.

As with many other things, the COVID pandemic has affected how and where we are able to exercise with greater emphasis being placed on outdoor activity. We hope that the results of this survey will help us to develop a clear approach; providing effective and sustainable physical activity and sporting opportunities in Wealden for the next 25 years and beyond.

Goldsmiths Recreation Ground sign entrance Eridge Road Crowborough

Wealden District Council provide the leisure centres in the area (including the leisure centre at Goldsmiths Rec in Crowborough). These leisure centres are currently operated on behalf of the Council by the not-for-profit organisation Freedom Leisure. The outdoor facilities at Goldsmiths Rec (such as the running track, skate park, netball/basketball courts and outdoor fitness equipment) are provided by Crowborough Town Council.

The community consultation builds on previous work undertaken by Wealden District Council and forms part of its commitment to deliver Sport England’s Strategic Outcomes Planning Guidance.

Setting out the scope for future provision of physical activity in the District, the consultation will also feed into other areas of work, including the Hailsham Aspires project. Wealden District Council are in the very early stages of design for a new leisure facility in the town as part of their wider project to regenerate the area. The survey asks what facilities you would want to be included in any new facility in Hailsham, and if you think it should be co-located with other facilities, such as a GP surgery or youth centre.

The Council have said they will continue its work with partner organisations to ensure that high quality leisure provision is easily accessible to all residents in Wealden.

The online survey runs until Wednesday 10th February. Click to complete the survey now: Wealden Community Centre Review.

Residents can request a hard copy of the survey by calling Wealden District Council on 01323 443322. The survey is also available in alternative languages, large print format and braille. If you have any questions email the Community & Regeneration Team using communitydevelopment@wealden.gov.uk.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is quite an important survey, in the light of our need to keep fit and a good weight to avoid obesity, strokes, heart attacks and so on, as well as helping us to avoid catching Covid-19. We’ve also learned the importance of outdoor spaces and activities to keep our mental health sound during lockdowns and other restrictions.
    It’s just a shame that WDC puts out this survey when everyone’s eyes are on Christmas and how we can spend it with our loved ones safely. Between now and 25th December I won’t have time to answer it. And I wonder how many people, after Christmas and before the February deadline, will have forgotten the email that alerted them to this, and won’t get round to stating their views?
    Or is that the idea behind the timing?

    • Jane Like you say it is an important survey as it will help shape leisure and fitness facilities for decades to come. I will try and remember to send out a reminder in the New Year before the deadline for comments. If you views don’t fit the narrow questions – send the Council an email and ask for your comments to be taken into account. Stephan@CrowboroughLife.com

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