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Improving the health of residents

Posted: Wednesday 7th November 2018
Blog: 2018

One of our top priorities as a Council is to improve the health of residents in the borough by increasing levels of physical activity.

There is plenty of evidence to show the importance of exercise in preventing illness and improving wellbeing and happiness. That’s why I am really pleased we have approved multi-million pound plans to build new state-of-the-art leisure centres in Altrincham and Stretford which will bring a massive benefit to people living there and in the surrounding areas.

The proposal in Stretford, forms part of the Civic Quarter Masterplan, and where it is built will depend on the feedback we have from the resident consultation we are currently carrying out. I mentioned in my last blog about my desire for us to be a council that listens so if you haven’t already, please have your say on the on what is being planned.

We will also be asking for the views of people living in Altrincham as part of the planning process for their centre.

Elsewhere we will be consulting on the future plans for George Carnall Leisure Centre but I would like to reassure everyone it will remain fully operational until the extensive refurbishment of Urmston Leisure Centre is completed. And proposals are also being drawn up for investment in Sale Leisure Centre which we hope to finalise early next year.

In terms of the wellbeing agenda we are also looking into how best we can increase the amount of safe cycle lanes to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and help reduce air pollution.

Finally, I was delighted to attend the opening of the newly refurbished Flixton House. It has been a popular wedding and events venue for many years but was in desperate need of refurbishment. A lot of work has gone into restoring it to its former glory and if you get chance please pop down and see for yourself what a fantastic building it is.