New leisure centre will help Heath move to new home

Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre football pitch. 22/09/2015 Pic Steve Robards SR1522454 SUS-150922-141112001
Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre football pitch. 22/09/2015 Pic Steve Robards SR1522454 SUS-150922-141112001

The development of a new £12.3 million leisure centre at Broadbridge Heath looks set to boost local sport as well as complete the village football club’s search for a new home.

On Monday, Horsham District Council announced five potential plans for a new facility next to the current site, which will be built as a replacement while the existing centre stays open.

Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. 22/09/2015 Pic Steve Robards SR1522477 SUS-150922-141159001

Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. 22/09/2015 Pic Steve Robards SR1522477 SUS-150922-141159001

Plans could be approved and a decision confirmed by the end of the year meaning the potential new centre could be open as early as 2018.

Broadbridge Heath Football Club hope this will allow them to kick on and build a new home on a separate site south of the development.

The Southern Combination League club have been long-term tenants at the current facility, but have been working on relocating to their own land for the past seven years.

As a result of the west of Horsham development, they have been able to plan a new facility, although the final plan - due to its close proximity to the current site - has been held up.

Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre football pitch. 22/09/2015 Pic Steve Robards SR1522459 SUS-150922-141124001

Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre football pitch. 22/09/2015 Pic Steve Robards SR1522459 SUS-150922-141124001

Heath secretary Andy Crisp hopes these developments could allow them to be in their new home by the 2017-18 season. He said: “With the district council’s objective to make a decision on the new leisure centre by December this year, then we should be in a position where we can quickly and finally agree the site layout which includes at least two full-size football pitches and a smaller youth pitch.

“Meanwhile, the developers are finally levelling the land in readiness for drainage and seeding and if everything goes to plan we hope to be in our new facilities for the start of the 2017-2018 season.”

For the full story on the Bears’ plans, leisure centre plans and our special report, see today’s West Sussex County Times.

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