U-turn on indoor athletics in Broadbridge Heath?

JPCT 210513 S13210023x Artist Alison Ingram at BBH Leisure Centre with a mural she created at the indoor athletics facility known as the tube-photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120130521103629
JPCT 210513 S13210023x Artist Alison Ingram at BBH Leisure Centre with a mural she created at the indoor athletics facility known as the tube-photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120130521103629

Part of an indoor athletics facility in Broadbridge Heath could be retained as part of a council U-turn.

An application for the £12.3m replacement leisure centre has been submitted by agents acting for Horsham District Council to planning officers, which includes a six-court sports hall, gym, studios, changing facilities, clip and climb area, sensory room, and cafe.

However the indoor athletics track, also known as the tube, is due to be cut in half, with the remaining space expected to be used for storage. Members of the leisure centre’s Joint User Group (BJUG) have objected to its loss, and now Sport England has officially objected to the application.

However fresh documents submitted by HDC suggest the remaining part of the tube could now be used for indoor athletics.

Writing to the council, Paul Kornycky, chairman of BJUG, said the group would welcome a ‘non change of use’ for the tube, but the building would need some modifications to make it appropriate for the original use.

He added: “An extra couple of metres length is easily achievable and would make a huge impact to the activities that currently take place there.”

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