Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre consultation ending soon

JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin

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THE CONSULTATION on options for leisure provision in the Broadbridge Heath area, including the future of Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, ends soon on Tuesday June 5.

The public is being asked to give its views on the future of Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, near Horsham, while the consultation, which started on May 5 2012, continues.

Horsham District Council will soon be making a decision about the future of the Council owned leisure centre and to help inform decision making, the Council is asking for the public’s views.

The consultation - which comes after the production of a business case for the Council along with the publication of a draft planning document for the site - follows ongoing dialogue with the leisure centre’s users, Broadbridge Heath Parish Council and sports governing bodies.

Meetings continue with the Broadbridge Heath Joint User Group, of which members include Blue Star Harriers, Horsham Joggers, HAODS, Theatre 48, 50+ Club, Horsham Arun Badminton Club, and Broadbridge Heath Football Club.

Four options have been identified in the business case as the most suitable way forward and it is these that the public is being asked to give its opinion on. 

The public is being encouraged to respond online at www.horsham.gov.uk to give its views. The options include:

·  Option 4: Re-provision of a new smaller leisure centre providing ‘essential’ facilities and retaining the Indoor Bowls Club in its current location. Estimated cost £1.81m.

·  Option 5: Same as Option 4, but also includes provision for a new ‘desirable’ athletics track albeit in an alternative location. Estimated cost £2.96m.

·  Option 6: Re-provision of a new leisure centre providing ‘essential’ facilities and which incorporates a new  6 rink indoor bowls facility and cafe. Estimated cost £4.85m

·  Option 7: Same as Option 6, but also includes provision for a ‘desirable’ athletics track albeit in an alternative location. Estimated cost £6m.

Most options either re-provide or relocate to alternative sites those activities currently taking place at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. 

However, the Council is working with some of the users of the site, such as the theatre groups, to ensure they have a viable way forward and are currently exploring the introduction of a District Arts and Drama Fund which may help the process. 

The Council will also work alongside local athletics groups to secure additional funding via national/sporting bodies where this is possible.

Full information about the consultation is available online at www.horsham.gov.uk or by calling 01403 215259.

Background information about the future of Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, including the business case and other Council reports, can be found online at http://www.horsham.gov.uk/news/2010/14640.aspx  

The results of the survey which will help determine the preferred way forward will be used by Councillors at the full Council meeting on Wednesday 27 June at 6pm.

The Council meeting on 27 June will take place in the Council Chamber at Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham and will be open to the public.