District wide leisure study commissioned
Cabinet has commissioned a company to look at leisure provision across the district.
The study is expected to be completed by the summer and the findings of the report will form a leisure strategy, which will act as a guide for future leisure services.
Cllr Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council said: “Cabinet recognises the significant benefits that the provision of sport and leisure facilities and activities can bring to the physical, social and economic health of the Forest of Dean community.
“A recently published Community and Equalities Impact Assessment has identified areas of need when it comes to the health and wellbeing of local people. We acknowledge the content of the Impact Assessment and it supports our belief that before we can make any decisions on leisure facilities we need to see the bigger picture.
“We have commissioned a company to look at leisure across the district. This study will produce an evidence based report, which will act as a guide in helping us to deliver our vision of providing quality, modern, sustainable and exciting facilities that are attractive to residents and visitors.
“The partner funding for the Five Acres site will be withdrawn from July 2018, however as long as the current site owners allow continued access to the site, the leisure centre will remain open whilst Cabinet and Council examine and scrutinise the findings of the report.
“We will make sure that we are in a position to make informed, accurate and knowledgeable decisions, not only on the future of Five Acres, but also on the future direction of leisure for the whole district.”