The results have been published of a survey which asked people to share their thoughts on the Court Garden Leisure Complex in Marlow.
A public consultation was carried out between June 2015 and August 2015 to give people the opportunity to give their view on Court Garden Leisure Complex as part of Wycombe District Council’s continued commitment to consult with residents on matters of importance.
The results of the survey will be used by consultants FMG who will also gather further information on other sports services in Marlow to produce a report in the New Year (2016) which will outline future options for the leisure centre.
Of the 595 people who took part in the council’s survey 82% said they used the complex in Pound Lane every week.
The survey found that the swimming pool, gym, rifle range and the various workout classes are the most popular facilities and services.
When people were asked which facilities were most important in any new sports centre a pool was the most wanted feature followed by a gym, health suite, multi-purpose sports hall and a café.
36% of responders saying they used Court Garden to improve their fitness while 38.8% said they visited the centre to enjoy themselves.
The survey found that 85.6% of people who use Court Gardens take less than 20 minutes to reach the sports centre with 68.6% travelling in by car and 25.2% walking to the complex.
The results of the survey also revealed that almost everyone expects to be able to travel to a sports centre within 30 minutes of travelling time.
More than 20% of the people who currently do not use Court Gardens say it is because they do not have time to do so. ‘Other’ reasons also gained 20.6%.
A further 18.4% said it is because the facilities and/or equipment was poor while 11.8% said they do not know what facilities and classes are available at the leisure centre and 11% said they do not visit the complex due to family commitments.
A high standard of maintenance and cleanliness, security, affordability and the condition of the equipment on offer are all of paramount importance to people who completed the questionnaire.
The survey used a questionnaire that asked almost identical questions that were used in consultations on Wycombe Sports Centre and Risborough Springs.
The self-completion questionnaires were made available for a six week period from Monday 22nd June 2015 to Sunday 2nd August 2015 from Court Garden Leisure Complex, Marlow Information Centre, the council’s High Wycombe offices and on the WDC website. The survey was also promoted on social media.
The organisation Places for People emailed or texted notice of the survey and a link to the council website to all members and clubs for whom it holds information.
Further information on the Court Garden Leisure Complex survey results can be found on the Wycombe District Council Website.