Members of the public are being asked to give their feedback on plans to modernise leisure facilities in County Durham.
In January this year, proposals were approved in principle by Durham County Council’s Cabinet to invest in modernising leisure services across the county.
Since then, the council has been looking at how its leisure facilities can be developed in a sustainable way.
These plans have been developed and the council is now looking to gather thoughts from communities about the new proposals, along with gathering information about the potential health benefits of participating in leisure activity.
The proposals include refurbishing and refreshing centres and introducing new activities which reflect changing trends.
The leisure transformation project has been planned to carefully balance budget, the condition of existing facilities, and the improvements that would make the most difference to people’s lives.
Site selection plans are intended to be finalised at a Cabinet meeting in early 2021 and plans for the whole programme finalised by summer 2021.
Cllr Carl Marshall, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “The County Durham Vision for 2035 places high importance on people living long and independent lives.
“For us, providing a range of up-to-date, exciting and accessible leisure opportunities is a key factor in achieving this aim.
“With this transformation programme, we hope to create more modern services which will encourage people to participate in physical activity, and improve the overall health and wellbeing of residents in the county, but we need your views to make sure our new leisure facilities match your needs.
“We know how important our leisure facilities are to communities and we hope residents will take the time to complete our engagement survey and let us know what they want to see from the transformed services.”
To see the proposals and fill out a survey on the current plans, please visit durhamleisuretransformation.co.uk/.