Gym users respond to council’s decision on Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre

JPCT-28-02-12 Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre - members of the new joint user group. BBH Leisure Centre Joint User Group.  l to r, Sheila White, Anne Jolliffe, Mick Cole, John McLaughlin, Elspeth Turner, Paul Kornycky, Lewis Clark,8, with mum Jane Clark, Peter Everett, Ray Fisher and Tony Johnson. Representing Horsham and Arun badminton club (daytime), 50+, Horsham Joggers, English Athletics, Horsham Blue Star, HAODS and You Can Do It  S12090483a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT-28-02-12 Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre - members of the new joint user group. BBH Leisure Centre Joint User Group. l to r, Sheila White, Anne Jolliffe, Mick Cole, John McLaughlin, Elspeth Turner, Paul Kornycky, Lewis Clark,8, with mum Jane Clark, Peter Everett, Ray Fisher and Tony Johnson. Representing Horsham and Arun badminton club (daytime), 50+, Horsham Joggers, English Athletics, Horsham Blue Star, HAODS and You Can Do It S12090483a -photo by Steve Cobb
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The people at the heart of the fight to save Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre over the past six months have welcomed new council statements.

Paul Kornycky, from the Joint User Group, told the County Times he was happy with two aspects of what was said at the full Horsham District Council meeting last night (Wednesday June 27).

He explained: “Jonathan Chowen said we would have to replace Broadbridge Heath with a district leisure centre.

“This is important because we currently have two district leisure centres, Broadbridge Heath and The Pavilions, so he has now declared that we will have a district facility run by district proportions. That’s very important.

“Also Roger Arthur, he used the phrase ‘whilst continuing to seek innovative ways of refining the proposals’.

“This is what we have been saying all along. 7A is the basis of negotiations, it’s not the end goal.”

Apart from athletics provision, gym users’ ultimate concern was the size of the new £7.3m facility to be built south of the existing site and whether there would be enough running machines, free weights and bikes.

Corina Gibson, speaking at the meeting, said: “We thought we lived in a town that loved its people and was proud of its civic responsibility.

“We were wrong. Our gym is viable and has the potential for growth, not like the sop you are offering.

“What you’re proposing is short sighted, harmful, detrimental to the community you serve and financially unsound. Think again.”

More updates to follow today.