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Sports, Leisure and Outdoors Activities: Our 2030 vision
Langholm residents will have access to good quality, affordable sports and leisure facilities and activities. Langholm and the surrounding area will be viewed as a hub for outdoor activities, weekend breaks or longer holidays with an outdoor activity focus.
Sports, leisure and outdoor activities are a key part of local life. They are important for the health and well-being of our community and they also form an important part of our tourism offer. This theme will focus on the development of Langholm and the surrounding area as a hub for outdoor activities, weekend breaks or longer holidays with an outdoor activity focus. Currently there is a lack of low-cost, family-friendly accommodation that can support this kind of activity. This means that those taking part in these outdoor activities do not stay and use the local facilities. This also has a bearing on the development of adventure holidays and other outdoor activities.
In order to achieve real change about these issues we need to:
- Develop a specific focus on outdoor and adventure holidays.
- Improve our existing facilities and support our existing clubs and projects.
To help us to do this we need to work with a range of other key stakeholders including Buccleuch Estates, community groups, local projects, private businesses (local and wider) and local medical services.
Sports, Leisure and Outdoors Activities: By 2022
Ensure that there is alignment and co-ordination between all local sports and recreation clubs and organisations
- Focused meetings will be held with all local sports and recreational clubs and future projects aligned in the action plan.
- Explore the potential for local glamping and bunkhouse developments which will promote and support outdoor activities.
- Produce a project plan which specifies what will be delivered, how it will be delivered, by when and which community organisation will deliver.
- Undertake a feasibility study in order to identify the most suitable form of accommodation at local sites, e.g. Castleholm, woodland sites, unused buildings.
- Develop a business plan which incorporates identification of funding streams and potential for local employment.
Create a marketing plan and promotion material, which will provide information and awareness about the range of outdoor activities and recreation facilities available in Langholm.
- Use marketing consultants to implement first class and consistent marketing practice for all clubs.
- Create local display boards and a social media platform that promotes and contains full details of all activities from clubs and organisations available in and around Langholm.
Sports, leisure and Outdoors activities: By 2025
Support and promote the growth and use of adventure, sports and recreation facilities in order to ensure their future sustainability.
- Provide support to ‘Muckle Toon Adventure Festival’ (MTAF).
- Provide support to the ‘Wild Eskdale Eco Project’.
- Completion of the adventure playground in Buccleuch Park.
- Completion of the Townfoot Community Sports Centre redevelopment.
- Support the establishment of projects which arise from the action plan.
Sports, Leisure and Outdoors Activities: By 2030
We will have doubled the number of people visiting Langholm to take part in outdoor activities. We will have supported the expansion of sports and leisure facilities and supported the sustainability of local clubs and groups.
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Sectors The Plan Covers
Infrastructure and Energy
The retention and sustainable development of the key areas of infrastructure that will support the delivery of the plan, including transport links, public services and sustainable energy use.
Gaining strategic support, attracting inward investment and developing lucrative projects.
Marketing and promotion, plus ensuring Langholm is ‘open for business’ and developing a single voice for the local visitor offering.
Arts and Culture
Creative place-making, investment and infrastructure, with the requisite communication and marketing, plus encouraging co-ordination, networking and partnership working and education.
Development of a hub (space or service) for heritage and genealogy, improving understanding of our history and providing the necessary promotion and marketing.
Health and Social Care
The protection and development of health and social care services, together with the development of community-run health and social care activities and services.
Children and Young People
Youth involvement in decision-making and an increase in youth-led activities; employment and training.