Wakefield Council to hold consultation on leisure services

​Date: 24/06/2014
Ref: PR 4602

Wakefield Council is asking residents to have their say about leisure facilities in the district following a review.

A review into all the Council's leisure facilities was launched last year in response to the Council's unprecedented financial situation following massive Government cuts.

Now the Council is running a public consultation to understand resident's needs and views about leisure services before a final decision is made.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "We'd like everyone to take part to help us provide the best for you in light of increasing financial challenges.

"The review has shown that some leisure facilities are in urgent need of repair so we have to consider how we deal with this so that we can meet the needs of people in the district – now and for the future.

"I urge residents to tell us about their views and their needs throughout July."

The consultation starts on July 1 and runs until August 1. Residents can have their say online at www.wakefield.gov.uk/leisureconsultation or pick up a paper version from any Council swimming pool, sports centre, library or the Wakefield One Contact Centre.

Wakefield Council currently runs two leisure centres in Wakefield at Sun Lane and Thornes Park, and five others in Normanton, Featherstone, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley. Minsthorpe Pool closed last year after an inspection revealed it needed major repairs.

Following the consultation a report will be presented to the Council's key decision makers later in the year.