Residents asked to comment on what leisure and recreational facilities they want

Residents across Chichester District are being asked to think about what leisure facilities they would like provided as part of a study into open space, sport and recreation.

The purpose of the study is to collect information about how much and what type of open space, sport and recreation facilities are needed to meet the needs of local people.

The study is broad and asks people about a wide range of facilities from swimming pools and leisure centres to village halls, parks, recreation grounds, and sport pitches to play areas and youth facilities.

Residents are also asked about tennis courts and bowling greens, allotments, wildlife areas and nature reserves, natural green spaces, footpaths, bridleways as well as amenity and informal green spaces.

Findings from the survey will be used by the council as part of the review of the Local Plan, on which there is a separate consultation at the moment. The information gained will help make decisions about the future of open spaces, sport and recreation facilities and which potential improvements should be prioritised.

“Open spaces and recreational facilities are extremely important,” says Councillor Susan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council. “Things like village halls, green spaces, sports and leisure facilities of all types help bring our communities together and are vital for helping people live enjoyable, healthy and productive lives.

“We need as many people as possible to get involved with this survey and tell us what sort of facilities they already use and what provision they would like to see improved so we can plan for the future.”

People can access the survey by going to and clicking on the Open Space, Sport and Recreation section. The deadline for responses is Friday 4 August.


For further information, please contact Clare Hawkin, PR Officer at Chichester District Council
on 01243 534679.