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Council performance, statistics and spending

Culture and leisure performance information

An overview of our performance in our culture and leisure services.

Service overview

We encourage active lifestyles and regular exercise among our local residents by promoting our parks; sports facilities and expanding the range of sport activities available for children. We have four sport and leisure centres in the area - Barrhead Sports Centre, Eastwood Park Leisure, Eastwood High Sports Centre and Neilston Leisure Centre and a number of parks and open spaces that we manage such as Rouken Glen and Dams to Darnley Country Park.

We also have a number of culture venues in the area which include Eastwood Park Theatre and our library services are delivered from 4 main libraries (Barrhead at The Foundry), Clarkston, Giffnock, Newton Mearns), 4 smaller libraries (Busby, Eaglesham, Neilston, Thornliebank), and 2 library centres (Netherlee and Uplawmoor).

We established a Culture and Leisure Trust in 2015 which brings together our sports and leisure facilities, libraries, arts and community facilities.

How the public can get involved?

  • We undertake customer surveys.
  • We invite volunteers to get involved with a variety of projects e.g. within Rouken Glen Park
  • We also actively encourage individuals and groups to come to the parks to pursue their own interests with our activity staff. 


This table details how well the Council and partners are doing to provide residents with easier access to key services. Culture and leisure performance

Performance indicator

Previous performance


Current performance


How well we are doing?

Public parks and open spaces - % of service users rating service as very good/good.93%96%Performing above target.
Cost per visit to libraries.£4.13N/AData not available at end-year
Percentage of adults satisfied with leisure facilities.72.6%N/AData not available at end-year

To find out more about how East Renfrewshire is performing in comparison to other Scottish councils visit the mylocalcouncil tool and our benchmarking page.

What are we doing to improve performance?

East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure's Business Plan sets out a number of key aims for delivering services which are more customer focused and cost effective. These include:

  • Creating a financially sustainable business model
  • Developing an understanding of our customers and an offer which attracts and inspires them.

For Libraries this will mean:

  • Redesigning Library Services to expand the community hub model, with a greater degree of local control for each library cluster
  • Reviewing stock provision and supplier contracts for book supply and e-books
  • Rolling out the Every Child a Library Member project, aiming to achieve 100% library membership for children in targeted areas.

For Sport and Leisure Centres this will mean:

  • Working with the Council to develop an Asset Management Plan for properties licensed to the Trust
  • Implementing Customer Service Excellence
  • Reviewing programming and pricing to ensure a clear and coherent approach
  • Redesigning sales and booking systems to create convenient and personalised digital booking of facilities


More detailed information on what we are working to achieve can be found in the following documents;

Other internet pages that may be useful are;

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