Latest on future of indoor athletics space at Broadbridge Heath

Users and coaches in the indoor athletics facility in Broadbridge Heath pictured in late 2015
Users and coaches in the indoor athletics facility in Broadbridge Heath pictured in late 2015
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Indoor athletics space at Broadbridge Heath could be used for users of the outdoor track for ‘shelter, assembly and warmth’, the council has suggested.

The existing leisure centre is set to be demolished and a £12.3m replacement built by Horsham District Council, but while a six-court sports hall is set to be included the indoor athletics track, known as the tube, is not part of current proposals.

Since the building which includes the tube is due to be effectively severed from the leisure centre and halved in size, users have asked the council to keep the remaining space open so at least there is some space for indoor athletics, right next to the outdoor running track.

But the move to use the remaining space to store lawnmowers and other garden maintenance equipment was criticised by users of the leisure centre last month.

However last week Jonathan Chowen, HDC’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, said they were in talks with England Athletics over allowing athletes to use the space for shelter, assembly and warmth.

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