Research and Intelligence Team, Policy, Research and Engagement Division, Strategic Services
Chief Executive’s Office.
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An Active, Cultural Life
By hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games the Government hopes to inspire a new
generation to play sport ; encourage community sports participation and increasing
participation in physical activity across the whole population, with a particular focus inspiring
on young people. People being more physically active also contributes towards the
government’s objectives in reducing obesity and the health agenda?
In Derby, the Council’s Leisure Facilities Strategy is
Games. Two large iconic sporting 'hubs' will be the centre of the proposed sports facilities,
which will be complemented by 4 satellite facilities in each of the 4 geographic locations of
the city. Other smaller community facilities are based across the city.
Derby has a unique heritage and culture
England's first public park as well as being home to the world’s largest collection of Joseph
Wright’s paintings. Derby also hosts a number of regionally and nationally recognised
festivals and events.
There are two leisure centres in Arboretum; Shaftesbury
School sports and arts facilities are available at Pear Tree Junior Community School.
Bass Recreation Ground, the Arboretum, Cathedral Green and the open space next to
Shaftesbury Crescent are the key areas of open space within the ward. They are all
neighbourhood parks, except from Cathedral Green, which is classed as incidental open
space (see figure 1 - the map includes open spaces).
Arboretum has two libraries in the ward. The Central Library on The Wardwick which from
January 2012 opens for 33 hours per week and Pear Tree Library on Pear Tree Road
Participation in cultural activity is also enabled through one off and recurring events in Derby.
Alongside headline city centre events such as Derby Feste, many smaller and more
community focussed events happen throughout the city.
Due to many of these events being non ticketed and community led it is not always possible
DCC stopped managing Shaftesbury Leisure Centre in April 2012 and it is currently mothballed while alternative uses are
gathering this information for inclusion within neighbourhood profiles in future years.
More People Taking Part in Cultural Activities
This will be measured via the Derby Plan Survey. Confidence levels however will not be very
Arboretum. The results for this should be available shortly and will be included in the next
update of the profiles.
Arboretum has a slightly lower rate of people who have attended a museum or art gallery in
Table 31: Percentage who have attended a museum or art gallery in their local area at least
once in the last 12 months
Percentage who have attended a museum or art
gallery in their local area at least once in the last
There were 2,105 new members registered to the Central Library in 2010/11.
In 2010/11 Central library saw 253,538 user visits and 349,062 book loans, both of these
Central Library had a lower than average percentage of loans to children than the over all
Table 32: Percentage of books loans to children 2010/11 and comparison to Derby
The customer satisfaction figure was lower than that for the city.
Table 33: Customer Satisfaction 2010/11 and comparison to Derby
Derby Community Safety Partnership Survey 2008