WEST Sussex residents are being urged by Chichester District Council to say what leisure facilities they would like as part of a study into open space, sport and recreation.

The council is keen 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, ranging 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,” district councillor Susan Taylor, cabinet member for planning, said.

“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.”

• To access the survey go to www.chichester.gov.uk/currentconsultations and click on the open space, sport and recreation section.

The deadline for responses is Friday, August 4.