Public views sought on leisure centre regeneration

A consultation exercise to gauge the public’s views on Riversdale is taking place today.

THE thoughts and opinions of the Strabane Community are being sought in relation to an ambitious regeneration incentive for Strabane’s leisure centre.
As part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s recent proposals an online survey, on-street research, consultation events and engagement with education, health and community groups will determine the future of Riversdale Leisure Centre and Templemore Sports Complex.
A recent meeting of the council’s Health and Communities committee heard that a team led by Hamilton Architects
LLP and supported by Edgemond Shipway, Deloitte and the Leisure Consultancy have been appointed by the council to advance plans for the redevelopment of both centres.
According to the corresponding report, consultation is key to the redevelopment process.
“A key component to the Outline Business Case development is consultation. This will inform the assessment of need for defined facilities and ensure the public, user groups and staff have the opportunity to contribute to the future of leisure provision for the district.”
It is planned that the consultation will be completed in mid 2018, and is designed to attain viewpoints on potential levels of participation following re-development, sports and spa trends, demand for defined facilities and propensity to pay.
In terms of the online survey, individuals will be able to give their views online through the council website.
The street survey will be carried out by trained survey collectors using Ipad technology strategically located in Strabane and Derry town centres as well as shopping centres and bus and train stations.
Consultation events will be hosted in Riversdale two today (March 27) and will include a presentation setting out the background of the project, council’s ambition for future leisure provision in the area and one on one consultation with attendees.
A total of three sessions will run throughout the day at 11am to 12.30pm, 2.30-4pm and 6-8pm.

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