Agenda item

Outdoor Gym Consultation Results

Decision:

RESOLVED that

 

(a)       the results of the outdoor gym consultation, be noted; and

 

(b)       Hersham Coronation Recreation Ground, Cobham Recreation Ground and Molesey Hurst Recreation Ground be selected as the sites for new outdoor gyms.

Minutes:

(Link to Council Priorities: P1, P2, P3)

 

The Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture introduced the item and advised the Cabinet that at the Strategic Spending Board meeting held in March 2016, £95,000 had been allocated for the installation of outdoor gym equipment at Cobham, Hersham and Molesey Recreation Grounds.

 

The Cabinet noted that these three areas had been highlighted in a mapping exercise that detailed areas that were least active and therefore not reaching the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week.

 

Widespread public consultation had been promoted from 15 May to 15 June 2016, and out of the 1348 responses received, the response was fairly spread across the three sites, as follows:

 

Hersham Coronation Recreation Ground – 36%

Cobham Recreation Ground – 34%

Molesey Hurst Recreation Ground – 30%

 

Given the high response rate to the public consultation and the equal distribution of the support for a green gym, the three locations were reviewed and it was concluded that the funding could be split across the 3 sites to complete 3 good sized green gyms.

 

The Portfolio Holder reported that if agreed, the procurement process would take approximately 8 weeks with the green gyms being completed later in the year.  Should the new gyms prove popular, consideration would be given to external funding bids to extend the facilities as each site would be designed with this in mind so as to future proof any further extension.

 

In accordance with Part 5-30 of the Council’s Constitution, the Leader invited Councillor Mrs. M.C. Sheldon, one of the Hersham Village Ward Councillors, to address the Cabinet in respect of the item.  Councillor Mrs. Sheldon stated that she was delighted that an outdoor green gym would be installed in the Hersham Coronation Recreation Ground.  She placed on record her thanks to the Council’s Parks Development Officer who had been proactive in promoting this initiative.

 

During consideration of the item, the Cabinet supported the installation of outdoor green gyms in the three Recreation Grounds and asked that all relevant Ward Councillors be provided with the proposed locations and have the opportunity to discuss the colour of the equipment.  It was also acknowledged that more advertising to promote these facilities should be undertaken in the future.

 

RESOLVED that

 

(a)       the results of the outdoor gym consultation, be noted; and

 

(b)       Hersham Coronation Recreation Ground, Cobham Recreation Ground and Molesey Hurst Recreation Ground be selected as the sites for new outdoor gyms.

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