Good response to first leisure centre consultation

Posted on: 23 March 2017

North Devon Council’s first round of consultation into leisure provision in North Devon was a success.

Representative from 25 sports clubs and local organisations and over 250 members of the public attended the two-day consultation at North Devon Leisure Centre last month. Feedback from the event is being used to shape the council’s plans for a new pool and leisure facilities at Tarka Tennis Centre.

The council spent a day of workshops with stakeholder groups (including sports clubs, local organisations and user groups) and an open day for the general public. The architects, Saunders Boston, and council staff were pleased with the level of interest and enthusiasm for the project. Those who couldn’t attend the events were also able to comment online.

Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Brian Moores, said: “This consultation is an important step towards delivering our new pool and leisure facilities at Tarka Tennis Centre. We want to involve users and the public as much as possible and will be consulting again as the project develops.

“The events were very informative and we’ve listened to people’s concerns over things like depth of the pool for water polo and life-saving. We are now looking at these issues in more detail and will do our best to try and cater for as many different needs as we can. It’s very apparent that we’ll need to make the new facilities as flexible as possible.

“The current pool will have to close in 2020. We simply don’t have enough money to provide everything, only the facilities that are well used and financially sustainable. We hope people understand that this is the only way we can provide a new swimming pool for North Devon.”

The council is launching a blog, following the progress of the project with news updates, photos and links to future consultations. Sign up for email alerts when new blog posts are published at

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