Leisure centres review to start

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Wyre Council is to review its leisure services in the borough to ensure they meet the long term needs of local communities.

Residents will be asked for their views on the YMCA leisure centres and swimming pools in Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton and Garstang as a part of an in-depth public consultation.

But the council has reassured local people that no action will be taken until after the consultation process.

The review was pledged in the council’s new business plan and Wyre has now appointed Max Associates to undertake the work.

The project will start shortly and is a two stage process:

> A comprehensive look at how each of the council’s leisure centres is performing

> The development of a strategy that will shape sports and leisure provision in Wyre through to 2026.

Counc Lynne Bowen, Cabinet member with responsibility for leisure at Wyre Council, said: “One thing we want to stress from the start is that no decisions have been made.

“The review is being carried out with a totally open mind and the results of this review will determine how we move forward.

“Our aim is to ensure that we provide value for money at the same time as meeting the needs of the community. That’s why we are encouraging people to give us their views. We want to hear from residents who use the centres, staff who work there, members of the surrounding communities, in fact anyone who has an opinion, good or bad.”

The questionnaire will take the form of an online survey, and help will be provided for those needing it. A final report is due in the spring.