The future of leisure provision is high on the agenda at Clackmannanshire Council.
The Council’s 2021/22 Budget, which was approved in March, allocated a £16.855m investment for the creation of a state-of-the-art Wellbeing Campus within Alloa as part of a wider strategic review of Clackmannanshire’s Leisure and Community Facilities.
An online public consultation exercise ran from 9 April to 14 May asking Clackmannanshire residents and community groups for their views on both existing and future leisure provision. More than 1200 people responded.
In addition to the online engagement, an extensive series of focus groups also took place with almost 50 specific interest groups, sports clubs, disability groups and children and young people but this is just the beginning of the engagement. Ongoing engagement with groups, individual and national and local partners is key to getting the best future provision.
Councillors will meet later this month to discuss the key findings from the survey and the focus groups as well as looking at a range of exciting options which will map the way forward to provide first class leisure provision in Clackmannanshire.
Councillors will also be given more information on interim measures which include an enhanced programme of activity in a Summer of Wellbeing. This will have a specific focus on children and young people who have missed out most or experienced the greatest disadvantage during the pandemic.
Arrangements for children and families, to access swimming facilities are also being pursued with a range of partners.
Council Leader Ellen Forson said: “We have a great opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of the people and communities who live in Clackmannanshire by getting the leisure and wellbeing provision right.
“There are a number of exciting and innovative options and we need to ensure that we listen to our residents, community groups and work closely with partner agencies to make sure we deliver a first class leisure and wellbeing hub for everyone in Clackmannanshire.”
Councillors will also be given an update on the future of the decommissioned Alloa Leisure Bowl building.
You can find the agenda for the meeting on our website