Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre live debate

JPCT 25-04-12 BBH Leisure Centre, reaction to new proposals on centre's future S12170055a - photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 25-04-12 BBH Leisure Centre, reaction to new proposals on centre's future S12170055a - photo by Steve Cobb

THE County Times has launched a live debate on the future of Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre.

Tonight (Thursday April 26), Jonathan Chowen, Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for Arts, Heritage and Leisure, will host a live Facebook chat to encourage the public to raise questions, issues and comments on the recent report outlining options for the centre’s future.

Each option recommends the demolition and decommissioning of the current centre, replacing it with a smaller one on land south of Horsham Indoor Bowls Club.

A preferred option, number 6, provides a new gym, two court multi-purpose hall, cafe, and a six rink indoor bowls club.

A full report on the council’s options can be found at here

The chat will take place on the council’s Facebook page between 7 and 8pm - but can be followed live on this website.

A decision about the leisure centre’s future is expected at the full council meeting of Wednesday June 27 at 6pm.

Speaking this week, Jonathan Chowen, Cabinet Member for Arts, Heritage and Leisure at Horsham District Council, said:

“In December, I made a promise that we would look in depth at all users and residents concern about the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre and have talks with them to try to understand their views.

“I said then that we would be asking a new team of outside experts to look at the business case in some considerable detail and report back to us.

“I believe that this report offers us a new and exciting way forward that will enable us to accommodate the sporting aspirations of those who use the leisure centre and provide modern facilities for the current and future residents of Broadbridge Heath.

“I must emphasise clearly that we do all this against a background of a very difficult financial situation.

“I and the whole team at Horsham District Council are most grateful for the positive way that the user groups, Broadbridge Heath Parish Council and residents have participated in this process and that as we move towards a decision on Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre that everyone will continue to work with us in the same constructive way.”

The County Times will be keeping you up to date with the live Facebook chat while hosting an open forum for anyone who wishes to voice their opinion on the future of the leisure centre.

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