- Leisure Strategy - Draft 2018-2028 (0.52 Mb)
Draft Leisure Strategy
The Borough of Brentwood is fortunate to have plenty of leisure opportunities from playing sport, visiting the Brentwood Centre or the play areas, or walking in the parks and open spaces – there is something for everyone. Maintaining and developing the wide range of facilities is important to ensure that Brentwood remains a great place to live, work and visit.
The draft leisure strategy provides the context within it sits and then sets out the vision, strategic priorities and key indicators that the Council will focus on over the next few years.
It is a key strategy in the Council’s Corporate Plan 2016-19 and is closely aligned to the Council’s Local Development Plan, Asset Strategy and the Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy. It also supports national, county and local priorities which will contribute to improvements of the health and wellbeing of the population.
There has never been a more important time to use sport and physical activity to create a fitter and healthier population when we are tackling growing levels of obesity and diabetes, mental health problems and other conditions associated with a growing culture of inactivity.
The challenges facing Brentwood are clear – the Council needs to reduce its expenditure, it has a number of ageing facilities, the borough’s demographics are changing, with the number of people over 65 expected to increase by a third. Therefore, increasing participation in sport and physical activity is key to supporting the health and wellbeing priorities.
The Council needs to ensure that it has a clear strategic vision for the future of its leisure facilities, so that resources are applied effectively. This will ensure that local people enjoy high quality sustainable leisure facilities that suit their lifestyle and maintain and improve the quality of their lives.
At the Council’s Community Health and Housing Committee the Leisure Strategy was agreed. This has also been referred to the Council's Policy, Projects and Resources Committee on 18 September for consideration by Members.