PEOPLE in Ludlow are being given a say about future leisure facilities in the area.

Shropshire Council has launched a new consultation asking for feedback on its new Leisure Facilities Strategy.

The consultation will run for six weeks, until Thursday, October 29.

The new strategy updates the previous Indoor Leisure Facility Strategy that was developed in 2018, to meet the changing needs and demand for leisure facilities across Shropshire.

Physical activity is crucial to supporting mental and physical health, something that has been highlighted throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The new strategy focuses on how the council and its partners can meet local and community needs to support and enable residents to engage in physical activity. It has a particular focus on younger and older people.

The strategy also aims to reduce the carbon footprint of leisure facilities across the county as part of the council’s commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2030.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, says that the importance of physical exercise has been demonstrated.

“Exercise is so important for the physical and mental health of everyone and the pandemic has only served to highlight this,” she said

“As the local and community needs for leisure have changed, it was essential that our Leisure Facilities Strategy be updated to reflect the changes. This is to ensure we are delivering the right services in the right areas and in the right way.”

To take part visit the Shropshire Council website and complete the survey.