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December 2016 - Improvement Plan Update

Following on from Council Cabinet accepting the report on the 2015 Public Consultations on the draft Sports Centre Improvement Plan in April 2016, council officers have been working behind the scenes to progress the project. Council issued a tender for the next step of the project - a detailed “options appraisal” which will be coming forward with recommendations for the next stage of improving the facility based on the results of all the consultation work. The tender has been awarded to “Places for People” who work with 35 local authorities and directly manage 118 facilities. Sport England are also involved in providing advice and guidance through this process. The aim will be to have some conclusions to this work early in 2017.

Work Parties 2016, 2017

During 2016 we held regular monthly litter picks from April to September, resulting in the collection and removal of 46 bags of litter from across the site, which made a big improvement to the general tidiness. A huge thanks to the volunteers who turned out to give us a hand and to the Grounds team for the endless supply of bags.

During this time we also turned out nearly every weekend on Saturday evening or Sunday morning to empty any bins that were full and to pick litter as we went. The bins only get emptied by Council twice a week and on a busy summer weekend many of them are already full by Saturday evening, resulting in piles of litter that get blown around or distributed by the wildlife. This effort removed a staggering further 258 bags full of rubbish.

We also started work to redecorate block 2 toilets. We managed to get the walls of the gents cleaned, filled and painted, and the floor deep cleaned before the weather turned too cold and damp We will complete the gents including re-tiling, gloss work and new door furniture, loo roll holders etc. in the spring when it gets a bit warmer and drier, and then we will start on the ladies and ultimately the outside as well.

We also continued working on Fairway 2, completing digging and filling of the largest pond, planting hedges, creating habitats and the such like.

There is a huge amount that volunteers can do and dates for 2017 work parties will be advertised early in the new year. Keep an eye on our facebook page for dates, times and updates

Come along, meet new friends and  help protect, maintain and enhance your Sports Centre.

Many hands make light work

Latest News

December 2016: Council have awarded a tender for a detailed “options appraisal” for the next step of the Sports Centre Improvement Plan, based on the recommendations from the 2015 public consultations and the resulting Council report. The options appraisal will start to flesh out the detail of the plan; features, locations, designs, costs, timelines, funding sources etc.

April 2016: Council publishes its report from 2015 public consultations on the draft Sports Centre Improvement Plan. The plan was considered by Council Cabinet on April 19 and accepted for inclusion in Council’s forward plan. More…

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What’s on at the Sports Centre? Active Nation now have an online calendar which shows all the major / one off / larger than normal events. Alternatively, anyone is welcome to call Active Nation on 0300 0200 135 option 2 to find out what is going on and when. The online calendar is here: (might not work with older browsers).