Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre faces closure

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THE closure of Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre is one of a range of measures being considered for the future of leisure facilities in Horsham district.

Horsham District Council’s cabinet will soon discuss the findings of a detailed Leisure Futures Study produced to help assess the quantity and type of leisure provision in the district.

The study uses Sports England’s national assessment of what should be provided to meet the needs of residents ‘in any geographical area’.

It will help the council plan for current and future leisure demands and assist the council in continuing to provide ‘excellent leisure services whilst providing value for money’.

The only shortfalls were seen as allotments and indoor tennis, with sufficient, and in some cases over supply, of golf course, swimming pools, playing fields and synthetic turf pitches.

The study found ‘an over supply of sports halls and fitness gyms in the north of the district’.

Councillors will hear the leisure centre needs urgent repairs of between £1.3million and £1.5million and about a third of its indoor space is not regularly available for public use.

The council said it was no longer classified as a regional centre for athletics as K2 in Crawley was now the nominated centre.

Discussions will be held with leisure centre customers before decisions are made.

The contract for management of the centre ends in November 2012.

The council’s cabinet will discuss the report on November 24 followed by all councillors on December 21.