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Have your say on future leisure provision in Allerdale

Jonathan Irving

Jonathan Irving

Posted on 11 October 2021

Allerdale Borough Council is encouraging residents to have their say on the future of sport and leisure provision in the borough.

The consultation comes ahead of the end of the current leisure services contract with GLL in March 2024 and is designed to inform future provision of leisure and sports activities after this date so that it continues to meet the needs of local residents.

GLL currently manages the council’s sporting facilities in Workington, Maryport, Cockermouth and Keswick.

However, whilst the council is keen to hear from those who take part in activities provided at its leisure centres, it is also keen to hear from people who access sport and leisure in other ways. This may be at another community facility, in a park or open space, via a local club, or by running or cycling.  Equally if you don’t take part in any leisure activity, but would if the offer were improved, tell us what would encourage you to take up a more active lifestyle.

The survey is all part of the council’s commitment to promote healthy, active lifestyles as outlined in its Council Strategy.

The survey looks at the situation for the whole of Allerdale, and runs alongside the specific piece of work due to start soon looking at leisure and sporting facilities in Keswick. The Council encourages Keswick residents to get involved in both consultations.

To have your say, residents should go online at: 

Speaking on the survey, Cllr Tony Markley, said:

“We know how important leisure and sporting activities are for peoples’ physical health as well as their mental wellbeing. We live in an area with an abundance of opportunities to take part in a whole range of leisure activities. And we now have this opportunity to review how people are accessing these sports and leisure activities in Allerdale so that we can start to plan for the future.   

“So, if you attend one of the activities on offer in our leisure centres, are part of a local club, go for regular walks in the park, or go out on a bike now and then, we want to hear from you.”  
Residents have until 24 October 2021 to complete the online form.   

The council has also been consulting with local groups and other partners on their views.