Agenda and minutes

Places Leisure Eastleigh Consultative Group - Tuesday, 24 March 2015 7:00 pm

Venue: Function Room, Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh

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Minutes of Previous Meeting and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Additional documents:


RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the meetings held on 14 October 2014 and 4 February 2015 be approved as a correct record.


General Management Report pdf icon PDF 80 KB


Andy Thompson gave an update on the essential maintenance work that had been carried out since the last meeting. The Group was advised new shower-heads had been added to the pre-swim showers and the facilities had received a welcome update. It was highlighted that a new gym floor had been laid as well as a new microphone and audio system in the studios.


It was reported that two artificial pitches had been unavailable over the previous season as these pitches were being changed from sand-based pitches to new, 3G rubber-crumb pitches. It was highlighted that the Hockey governing body were satisfied due to the use of the pitches at nearby Crestwood School. The Group was advised that the replacement of the bowling green carpet had recently begun and the work would take approximately four weeks to complete.


Members were given an update on the development of the adjacent park land and were informed that funding had been allocated for this from the Eastleigh Local Area Committee. This development would include a cycling and running track of 1 kilometre. It was also highlighted that the expansion of Pavilion on the Park had begun since the previous meeting.


Andy Thompson gave the Group an update on the annual Eastleigh Club Conference that was hosted at and sponsored by Fleming Park Leisure Centre. The event gave local clubs the opportunity to network and to attend a number of presentations concerning funding and business planning. Andy was pleased to report that Fleming Park’s Activity Buddy Scheme had recently won the Unsung Hero award at the Eastleigh Sports Awards for delivering approximately 1,400 hours of supported physical activity at Fleming Park throughout 2014. The Group were advised that the scheme would be used as an example of best practice and was set to be replicated throughout the country.


The Group was given an update on customer comments. It was reported that the majority of customer comments related to cleanliness and maintenance issues and as a consequence, a review of cleaning standards and rotas had been undertaken. Regular inspections by the Fleming Park Management Team were now in place. It was reported that contract cleaning had been extended by a further four hours given the success of the 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm cleaning shifts on weekdays. The number of comments had remained the same as the previous year which was a very positive sign given the age of the centre.


It was reported that a special meeting of the Consultative Group had taken place on 4 February 2015 to enable members of the Group to have an early viewing of the plans for the new Fleming Park Leisure Centre and an opportunity to comment on these plans. The outline plans were generally well received by the group. The plans were then used as part of a wider ‘customer feedback session’ for the general public; where members of the project team manned a display at Fleming Park across the week 1 – 7 March 2015. Customer comment forms were available for the public to fill in, as well as an online form.

The media attended the feedback sessions with generally positive comments from both the press and the public. The public comments received were collated and analysed and would be examined in detail by the project team.


The outline planning application was due to be submitted in early April 2015 with a full application following in early June. Upon the appointment of a contractor, it was reported that the aim was for construction to begin in late summer/early autumn of 2015. Completion is expected in spring  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


Update from Clubs


Judo Club


Hampshire Judo had had a very successful event at Fleming Park and had received very positive comments from attendees.




The club’s AGM had been held at Fleming Park and the club was very pleased with venue and gave positive comments.


Bowls Club


Dave Moore reported that as the outdoor season did not start until mid-April, there was nothing to report in terms of competitions. He was pleased to report that work had begun recently on the replacement of the carpet and when finished the new surface should provide an excellent playing surface for new and existing bowlers.


Swimming Club


Lydia Browning reported that the club was going from strength to strength and had 132 members; it was hoped that the new centre would increase this number further. There had been numerous successful events since the last meeting including a successful ice swimming event for Kate Steels-Fryatt in Russia.


Eastleigh Running Club


The new chairman of the club, Richard Reynolds gave thanks to Charles Free for his work as chairman. It was reported that twenty runners had taken part in the Welsh Castle relay and Lydia Browning had won the 50 km race. The Eastleigh 10km race had once again been very successful and had the largest attendance ever.




It was reported that the next season would be very busy and more members had recently joined the club.


Date of Next Meeting


It was AGREED:


That the next meeting would take place on 13 October 2015 at Fleming Park.


Any Other Business


Councillor Broadhurst highlighted that the Sports Awards were a good opportunity for different clubs to attend and to encourage any new members.