Town’s leisure centre is a star attraction, says report

Civic Offices
Civic Offices

BLETCHLEY Leisure Centre is ’inviting, attractive, clean as a whistle and delivers what it promises’, says a recent audit report.

The leisure centre, run by Hertsmere Leisure Trust for Milton Keynes Council, was awarded Highly Commended under the UK quality audit scheme for sport & leisure run by Quest.

The assessment was carried out by independent Quest assessors who do management audits of publicly owned leisure facilities across the country and measure each centre against a best practice standard.

They also include other areas often hidden behind the scenes such as staff management and environmental practices – which at Bletchley includes use of rainwater harvesting and low carbon emission boilers.

As part of the assessment a mystery visitor to the leisure centre in May stated in his report that after a tour of the facilities he concluded that ‘this site not only says it can provide a full and varied set of activities for the community, but actually does it.’

Hertsmere Leisure Trust contract manager Paul Christie, who manages the centre on behalf of Milton Keynes Council, said: “This is a vindication for all our staff who work tirelessly to provide the best service we can.”

The council’s assistant director of leisure Paul Sanders said: “We are proud Bletchley Leisure Centre is living up to the plans we had and is providing a high level of quality facilities and good service to the residents of Milton Keynes.

“I am also glad that the centre is helping to get the whole community active – from children to adults. ”

Bletchley Leisure Centre – built by Milton Keynes Council in 2010 – was designed to be the centrepiece of the Building a Better Bletchley regeneration programme.