Release Date: 20 September 2012
Stroud District Council is urging the public to grab hold of the sporting opportunities available in the district and also to help influence the district's sporting potential.
Leader of Stroud District Council, Geoff Wheeler, said:
'The Olympics and Paralympics have really buoyed enthusiasm for sport and it was inspiring to see Nailsworth's Olympic gold medallist Pete Reed's achievements cheered on by huge crowds in Stroud and Nailsworth.'
At a meeting of the council executive last week, the future of the council's joint use sports centres (which open on weekdays and Sundays) in Stonehouse, Wotton and Eastcombe was secured. At the same meeting a proposal from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College on the development of a £4.8million sporting facility at Stratford Court in Stroud was also considered. Stratford Court is protected as an outdoor play space and any possible development of the site would need to ensure that this requirement is met. The college will now need to consult with the local community to get their views on the outline proposals, which could include a floodlit all weather pitch, changing rooms, meeting rooms and the retention of the cricket square.
Councillor Wheeler added:
'Stratford Park Leisure Centre has undergone major refurbishment since Everyone Active took over last year and the council is also increasing the marketing and promotion of its smaller local sports centres to encourage more people to use them. Earlier this year we also launched a district-wide discount scheme for people on benefits. We really want to encourage people to make the most of what's on offer. Similarly, when it comes to the college's proposals, we hope that as many people as possible take an interest and put their views forward, as their input will help influence the outcome for the site and future generations.'