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Help shape leisure services in Westbury
Criticism from Westbury residents about a lack of clarity about the future of the swimming pool and Leighton Recreation Centre has led to the setting up of a working group.
Wiltshire Council’s campus supremo Lucy Murray Brown told a recent area board meeting that a working group was being set up to gather ideas from locals.
Volunteers have been invited to join a community operations board which will look at what services a campus might need to serve the town and villages, and where it might be situated, over the coming months.
Area board chairman Julie Swabey said: “We know local people are committed to ensuring services are kept just where they are needed, as well as underlining the importance of keeping the town centre alive.
“We were keen to start the ball rolling and get the discussions started about where a campus might best serve local people.”
Wiltshire and Westbury cllr David Jenkins, who was at the meeting, said he acknowledged the strength of support in the town for its existing leisure facilities, but urged people to approach the campus with an open mind.
“It is important for people to be positive about this, this is a chance for us to get the best services for our town,” he said.
“Over the next 18 months or so we will be able to gather all the views of local people together and come up with a workable plan to present to the council.
“Our pool and recreation centre are safe for now, it is important we don’t get bogged down in worrying about them.”
Anyone interested in taking part in the community operations board should send off a form, available on the Wiltshire Council website, by March 15.
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