The survey, which is being run by Maidstone Borough Council will be used to transform leisure services, asking people how they would like to keep active into the future.
Maidstone Borough Council Leisure Manager, Mike Evans said:
“Maidstone Borough Council wants to create a place where everyone aspires to be physically active, however we need to find out what that means to different groups of people. For some it may mean going to a gym, for others it may be taking part in a Parkrun, or a game of bowls.
“In the future people may want to take their health and fitness in different ways to how they do now. We need to keep pace with changing needs and this review gives us the opportunity to understand exactly what residents want from their local leisure service and to incorporate those elements into the next leisure contract.
“We are encouraging everyone to take part in the survey, residents and visitors, as the results will affect the lives of everyone who lives in or visits the borough.
“Maidstone’s current leisure services contract with Maidstone Leisure Trust and Serco ends in 2024. We work very well with both organisations and will continue to do so during the next five years. This review is all about being as prepared as possible for the opportunities available to us when we enter the contract review period.”
The survey is the first phase of the review. Following this, groups that represent the population will be identified and smaller forums will be arranged across the borough in order to capture analysis that is more detailed. It is planned for the review to run until April 2021.
Everyone who enters will be entered into a prize draw to win a choice of: Four tickets to the Hazlitt Theatre pantomime on 27th December 2019, A day out for four to the Museum of Kent Life, A fourball of golf at Cobtree Manor Park Golf Course, A three-month membership of Maidstone Leisure Centre.
The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete and can be found online at Maidstone Borough Council Consultations page:
Leisure & Sport in Maidstone Survey
Look out for public events taking place around the borough where you can fill in the survey and talk to a representative from the team. Upcoming events being held in October are as follows:
6 October - Bearsted Market on the Green 10am to 2pm
9 October - Loose Community coffee Morning, Loose Parish Pavilion 9am to 12noon
16 October - YMCA, Melrose Close, Cripple St, Maidstone 9am to 11.30am
Alternatively contact the Leisure Services Team for help completing the survey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit Making Maidstone More Active at the Maidstone Borough Council website on www.maidstone.go.uk