Hyndburn Leisure Transformation

In January 2019 Hyndburn Borough Council (the Council) commenced a Leisure Estate Review in partnership with Hyndburn Leisure (the Trust), following the Sport England, Strategic Outcomes Planning Model (SOPM). 

The overall objective of the review is to develop a shared local strategic vision that is deliverable and distinctive whilst at the same time, creating the optimal mix of facility and service interventions with a strong sense of place and good connections with the wider area.   

The current indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities in Hyndburn are ageing and require significant levels of investment to maintain the current service offer. The work of the Council over the past two years has aimed to understand the potential to enhance the existing leisure offer to maximise positive outcomes for the local community.

The key facilities included in the review are Hyndburn Leisure Centre, Mercer Hall Leisure Centre and Wilsons Athletics Pavilion.  The Council owns all three facilities, and the Trust operates them on a lease arrangement.

The review also aims to maximise opportunities to make improvements to other Council-owned community facilities that are operated by the Trust, namely, Clayton Civic Hall, Bank Mill House and Oswaldtwistle West End Community Centre.  The Trust also operate the sports facilities at Hyndburn Academy for the community and are working with the Academy to identify opportunities to develop the site further.

The enhanced new leisure offer aims to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Improve health and wellbeing and address health inequalities.
  • Increase participation.
  • Provide a holistic service approach – ensuring sport and physical activity contribute to wider health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Increase opportunities for older people to be physically active.
  • Increase opportunities to engage children and young adults in physical activity.
  • Create an environment where active travel is an easy choice.
  • Provide good quality facilities and services that offer value to local residents.
  • Improve energy efficiency.
  • Maintain effective financial management.

The Council want to make sure that our leisure centres can help to make an impact by encouraging and supporting more people to improve their health and wellbeing through physical activity.

We also want to make sure that we strike the right balance between making sure that leisure centres are affordable, and that they can attract enough users to keep the centres sustainable.

We’ve started to identify the types of facilities and activities which would have the most impact and be the most cost effective and economical to deliver.

We’ve looked at current levels of use, leisure market trends, demographic data, leisure sector and health research as well as a range of other factors to ensure our proposals will have the greatest possible impact on health and levels of income.


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