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Have your say on the future of leisure services locally

Tower Hamlets is seeking your views on options for the future of leisure services in the borough through a new consultation which is open from 15 November until Monday 3 January 2022. 

The current leisure contract will end in April 2024, which is delivered by Better (Greenwich Leisure Limited). To help inform priorities for the next leisure contract and future leisure services, the council wants to know what is important to local users. 

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: 

“We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our residents and a network of modern, affordable and accessible leisure centres will be a key part of this.  

“Unfortunately, we were not immune to the impact of Covid-19 on our leisure centres which were both forced to close and operate at reduced capacity following restrictions. Like many other local authorities too, our ageing leisure centres are proving to be too costly and increasingly unsafe. 

“However, the pandemic also highlighted the vital importance of being active, which is why we are now consulting on future options for leisure in Tower Hamlets, to help us deliver a leisure ecosystem that’s safe, successful and sustainable.” 

Following the pandemic, Tower Hamlets reopened the majority of its leisure facilities in the borough in April 2021.

Most activities and programmes have returned for the local community to access and enjoy - with sessions for all ages and abilities - including swimming, fitness classes, gym, sports hall activities and more are being added in the coming weeks.

To remove barriers to participation, they have targeted programmes, which include women and girls’ activities, older adult programmes, lessons and courses for children and young people and disability-specific sessions.

A range of concessionary memberships ensures everyone has access to their local facilities – regardless of their personal circumstances.

Visit https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/leisure to learn more and make yourself heard. 

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Please contact communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 4389 with any media enquiries. 

Posted on Monday 15th November 2021