Council sets out five year leisure strategy to tackle Fenland’s obesity epidemic

Chatteris Leisure centre's state of the art gym.

Chatteris Leisure centre's state of the art gym. - Credit: Archant

A LEISURE strategy for Fenland has been approved by cabinet and sent for a six-week consultation with key stakeholders.

Fenland District Council’s five-year plan aims to encourage more people to get active, support community sport and link with partners to develop tourism and economic activity in the district.

Obesity levels in Fenland are some of the highest in the East of England, with 25.8 per cent of people affected, and eight per cent of the population are currently treated for diabetes.

A BBC Look East investigation revealed childhood obesity is also prevalent in the district, with 22 per cent of Fenland’s 11 year-olds falling into the “obese” category.

The strategy states: “The council is committed to the continuing development of high quality, accessible leisure opportunities for the local community.”

Objectives include improving the Campbell Leisure Centre, encouraging an additional 2500 customers to register with FDC leisure services and developing an active recreation programme in Fenland’s parks.

The council will further develop a ‘learn to swim’ programme for young people and create ‘Get Active Campaigns’ in partnership with community clubs.

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By 2020, they have pledged to have built a small indoor bowls centre, 25 metre swimming pool, five lane athletics track and four court indoor tennis centre.

The 2008-2012 Leisure Strategy saw a £4.5 million investment in sport and leisure, with the building of a new leisure centre and all weather pitch in Chatteris.