The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Voluntary Sector and Leisure, Councillor Donatas Anyanwu who highlighted that:
• The Active Lambeth Strategy would cover the period of 2022-27
• The new Strategy commencing in 2022 would enable the National and Regional Sports England Strategy to be embedded within the Active Lambeth Strategy
• It identified how sports and physical activity could be used by Lambeth residents to contribute to the delivery of the Borough’s key objectives
• The purpose of the Strategy was to look at making Lambeth as active as possible and address and issues and inequalities in public health, children’s health and obesities
• The Strategy made note of Lambeth’s performance indicators. It was important for these to be monitored to ensure that the targets set in the Strategy were achieved.
Visiting Conservative Member, Councillor Tim Briggs noted the impact upon disabled people not living near green spaces, when parking spaces were to be reduced and roads closed around them. Councillor Briggs asked where the data was regarding this issue.
In response to some of the questions and comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member advised the following:
• The Strategy looked at detailed data on the activities of young people aged from 11 to 20 years. As part of the Strategy, active transport played a strong role in increasing the activity levels of Lambeth’s residents, particularly its young people. Walking, cycling and scootering would be encouraged to transport residents to their local open spaces, whereas driving would be discouraged
• An approach for an Active Lambeth must be on every single level, enabling every resident across the Borough to lead a full and active life
• The data was not included in the report, but could be provided at a later date. Road closures did not mean that residents access to open spaces was restricted.
Cabinet made the following observations:
• The report was comprehensive and demonstrated creating healthier and safer communities within the Borough
• The report included some concerning statistics, including that just 18% of children in the Borough were reaching the recommended 1-hour of exercise per day
• Residents valued free children’s leisure passes, and it was hoped to extend the scheme further so that it would be accessible to more children
• Although taking part in sports and classes was a great way to exercise, it was important for more movement to be encouraged in daily living. This included walking and cycling to school and taking the stairs where and when possible. Cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings encouraged this culture.
Cabinet thanked the Cabinet Member and Officers for their hard work on the Strategy.
Following consideration, Cabinet resolved to:
1. Approve the Active Lambeth Strategy 2022-2027.