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Cotswold to promote health, sport and enterprise

Plans to promote health, sport and enterprise have been announced by Cotswold District Council's new Cabinet.

The Cabinet, led by Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe, wants to focus on the three themes for the municipal year ahead - in addition to the Council's long-term priorities of environment and heritage, homes, people and services, waste management and financial control.

Cllr Stowe said: “We believe that doing all we can to help our residents lead healthy, active lives and to support businesses in the District is an important part of the Council's role.

“The themes of health and sport are strongly linked through our leisure services but we also work closely with the health service to play our part in improving the well-being of the District. We're especially aware of the needs of our growing elderly population. By 2016 there will be a 50 per cent increase in over-85s since 2001 and they need our support.”

Services to promote health include:

* Active Lifestyles – exercise 'on prescription' via GP referrals at the Council's five leisure centres and outreach classes in Stow-on-the-Wold and Lechlade.
* Cardiac rehabilitation classes in Cirencester and Bourton-on-the-Water and group walks, led by staff and trained volunteers across the District.
* Encouraging healthy eating and tackling obesity with a proposed project this summer to help people who want to manage their weight.
* The national Commit To Get Fit campaign, starting in July which offers six weeks' 'taster' membership packages at Cirencester or Bourton leisure centres.

* Helping to organise Cancer Research UK's recent Race for Life at Kemble.
* Grant funding towards recreation and play areas for children through the Community Projects Fund.

The Council's work to promote sport includes:

* A series of popular coaching days for children run throughout the school holidays, funded by council tax on second homes.
* Free membership of the new Cotswold Leisure Centre for local athletes training to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.
* Helping local sports clubs to develop, including chairing the Cirencester Sports Club Partnership group.
* Co-ordinating the Cotswold teams for the Gloucestershire Youth Games, to be held in Gloucester later this month.

Cllr Stowe said: “Our third theme is promoting enterprise. We want to do what we can to support local firms and will be talking to them, listening to their ideas and are planning to hold training and briefing sessions.”

The Council's support for enterprise include:

* New proposals to promote Cotswold food and drink and encourage residents to shop locally.
* Efforts to promote the district as a film and television location.
* Consulting on new trade waste and recycling initiatives.
* Promoting visits to the Cotswolds through our website, which receives nearly 400,000 hits each year, and through producing and distributing 70,000 copies annually of our Cotswold tourist accommodation guide.
* Running Visitor Information Centres (VICs) in Cirencester and Stow, a visitor information service at Moreton Area Centre and grant aiding and supporting VICs in Bourton, Tetbury and Chipping Campden.
* Working on economic development issues with Gloucestershire First, the Federation of Small Businesses and Business Link through the Cotswold Local Strategic Partnership.

Cllr Stowe added: “In addition to these three new themes, we have created a new portfolio on the Cabinet for strong and safe communities, promoting a safe environment and helping to keep the Cotswolds a pleasant place to live, work, play and run a business.”

Posted : 06/06/2006 15:10:00

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