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Have your say on the future of leisure in East Herts

East Herts Council is investing 30 million pounds into its leisure facilities to ensure these continue to provide an attractive and sustainable offer across the district for years to come.

As part of this work, the council is launching an 8 week public consultation, starting on August 3, to better understand residents' needs from these facilities.

The council has spent the last 12 months reviewing the leisure options across the district and this work has raised a number of issues, such as the capital investment required to upgrade aging facilities, the growing population, changes in leisure trends and the financial risk of potential loss of Education and Skills Funding Agency contribution in joint use facilities.

To address these concerns and plan for the future, the council is planning to build a new centre in Bishop's Stortford to replace Grange Paddocks, to extend and refurbish Hartham Leisure Centre in Hertford and to upgrade Ward Freman in Buntingford with the option of a gym. The council also needs to consider the future options for the joint-use facilities- Fanshawe Pool and Gym in Ware and Leventhorpe Pool and Gym in Sawbridgeworth.

Councillor Eric Buckmaster, executive member for health and wellbeing said "There are a number of options we need to consider in order to tackle future risks, while still continuing to meet the health and wellbeing needs of our residents. We want to understand our residents' views on the options available to help inform these decisions. We would encourage all of our residents to take part in the consultation to help shape the future of leisure in East Herts."

To have your say, please complete our Leisure Strategy Consultation Survey.

August 2, 2017