Horsham discus athlete Jade Lally believes a new £12.3 million facility at Broadbridge Heath leisure centre will come as a real boost.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, who trains at the current centre, has spoken out after development plans for a new facility were unveiled by Horsham District Council on Monday.
She has, however, again expressed her disappointment that the tube - an indoor provision that includes a 60m straight, indoor pole vault, long jump and high jump areas - will not be retained.
Lally said: “The boost will be really good in improving the centre and its current facilities.
“It’s still a great shame that the indoor tube will be lost, but I am sure the gym improvements will be brilliant.
“It’s an exciting time for all the new people moving into the area.”
Designs and plans for five different options will be on public show at the leisure centre, and at Horsham’s Pavilions in the Park for the next four weeks.
The plan will be presented to a Horsham District Council cabinet meeting in mid-November.
If the cabinet approves the scheme, the full council could confirm the decision as early as December this year. If councillors approve, the design can then be prepared in detail, with an application for planning permission being submitted in 2016.
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