Next week (January 26) Wokingham Borough Council's decision-making executive is set to agree the implementation of the new Wokingham Borough Leisure Strategy.
The borough council needs a Leisure Strategy to guide the specification and procurement of a new leisure centres’ operational contract that will be introduced in May 2018 for the next 10 to 15 years. The new leisure contract needs to be openly tendered to give the best value and service for Wokingham Borough residents, who may wish to use different venues for different facilities.
The strategy also aims to set out the high-level vision for the council, including what it wants to achieve, national sport and public health guidelines that should be met, health and wellbeing indicators as well as economic development.
At the end of October the council consulted on the draft Leisure Strategy and met with a number of residents at events across the borough so that the final strategy could be updated to meet their needs.
Cllr Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: "I'd like to thank any residents who shared their views on the draft Leisure Strategy or provided helpful suggestions and comments on the current facilities and activities on offer in the Borough. Their valuable input has helped us create the final strategy, guided us on the specifications required in the contract tendering process and also on how best to run our leisure centres to enable residents’ easy access and participation.
"The council's vision is 'a great place to live, an even better place to do business', so by having a strategy for sport and leisure this will, in part, demonstrate our contribution to this vision. We want to provide residents with high quality leisure facilities that will improve or sustain health and wellbeing."