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Resident Feedback Requested for Leisure Developments in Copeland

Elected Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie

[L]ocal residents in Copeland are being asked for their feedback regarding potential development projects at leisure centres in Whitehaven and Cleator Moor.

Whitehaven Sports Centre and Copeland Bowls and Sports Centre are managed by GLL, the UK’s leading charitable leisure social enterprise, under their ‘Better’ brand, on behalf of Copeland Borough Council (CBC). As part of the leisure management contract, which also includes Copeland Pool and Fitness Centre, CBC and GLL have been working in partnership to look at options to improve access to sport and leisure for everyone in the local community.

Following completion of the gym extension at Copeland Pool and Fitness Centre, CBC now have access to funding to make improvements at Whitehaven Sports Centre and Copeland Bowls and Sports Centre.  Customers and local people are being consulted until 31st October, with feedback welcomed on the current centre and ideas for future improvements so this money can be invested in the best way for the community. Any improvements would aim to support the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Customer surveys are running online and in both centres, to assess what local people feel is needed. The possibilities range from doing nothing and keeping activities and services as they are, modernising the existing facilities, through to a complete overhaul of the existing facilities, timetables and spaces to look at different options within the building.

Derek Jones, GLL Partnership Manager for Copeland said “We would appreciate it if residents would take a few moments to answer our short surveys about the current centres and put forward any suggestions for the future.  We are looking for lots of feedback and have made the surveys as accessible as possible; in the centres, on the council and Better websites and via social media.”

Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie said “We know that these facilities are extremely well-used by our communities and we want to ensure that users’ views are taken on board in relation to any future developments. I’d urge everyone to take a look at the questionnaire and let us know what they think.”

The surveys can be accessed on the Whitehaven Sports Centre and Copeland Bowls and Sports Centre Facebook pages, the Better Copeland Twitter page, on the website: www.better.org.uk/copeland or via the direct links below:

Whitehaven Sports Centre: http://bit.ly/2y9Qh0U

Copeland Bowls and Sports Centre: http://bit.ly/2yc4hJo

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