Now what will council decide for leisure centre?

THE SHOCK departure of Horsham District Council leader Robert Nye comes at a critical time for the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre.

The council is due to decide whether to close the centre in a year’s time at its meeting on Wednesday (December 21).

My Nye, who resigned for personal reasons due to financial difficulties with his business, was a key mover behind the closure plan.

Now that he has left, there will be conflicting pressures on councillors.

The cabinet - which has already endorsed the plan - and acting leader Ray Dawe are likely to be keen to support the cabinet member responsible Jonathan Chowen.

Back bench councillors can expect to be persuaded to show a united front.

But given the huge public backlash, some may feel that there should be a pause until a new leader is elected and will not want to rush a decision at this critical time.

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