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£12million sports centre unveiled for Broadbridge Heath

The village of Broadbridge Heath is have the biggest public dry sports and leisure centre in Horsham district, costing about £12.3 million.

Residents are being asked for their views on the project and the scheme will be displayed at exhibitions at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre and The Pavilions in the Park at Horsham  until October 20.

 The current leisure centre was built about 30 years ago to bring together in one building various sport and leisure activities which had previously taken place elsewhere on the site.  But Horsham District Council says the old building was not designed as a multi-sport leisure facility and is expensive to run.

The proposed facilities would be developed in Broadbridge Heath next to the site of the existing leisure centre, and adjoining the bowls club.  It is designed accommodate future population growth.

 The scheme is subject to district council cabinet approval on November 19 and council approval on December 9 2015.  If given the go ahead, work could start in 2017, with a completion date in 2018.

 It would include a six court sports hall, 80-station gym, cycle studio and three fitness studios, café and extended catering facility which serving  both the leisure centre and adjoining Horsham District Indoor Bowls Club, a sensory room and changing for indoor and outdoor activity, including a “Changing Places” disabled changing facility.

 The council says the scheme optimises the use of the neighbouring bowls club and would also provide an outdoor running track, either in its current location or on a site nearby.  A range of multi-use games areas behind the new centre would also be provided.  The council says it will continue to work with the two amateur dramatic groups which use the existing centre to help them find new premises.

 Cllr Jonathan Chowen, district council deputy leader and cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “We have worked very closely with our partners and many groups over the last few years.  We now want to give the general public an opportunity to see what we hope we will be developing very shortly.”

The village of Broadbridge Heath is have the biggest public dry sports and leisure centre in Horsham district, costing about £12.3 million.

Residents are being asked for their views on the project and the scheme will be displayed at exhibitions at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre and The Pavilions in the Park at Horsham  until October 20.

 The current leisure centre was built about 30 years ago to bring together in one building various sport and leisure activities which had previously taken place elsewhere on the site.  But Horsham District Council says the old building was not designed as a multi-sport leisure facility and is expensive to run.

The proposed facilities would be developed in Broadbridge Heath next to the site of the existing leisure centre, and adjoining the bowls club.  It is designed accommodate future population growth.

 The scheme is subject to district council cabinet approval on November 19 and council approval on December 9 2015.  If given the go ahead, work could start in 2017, with a completion date in 2018.

 It would include a six court sports hall, 80-station gym, cycle studio and three fitness studios, café and extended catering facility which serving  both the leisure centre and adjoining Horsham District Indoor Bowls Club, a sensory room and changing for indoor and outdoor activity, including a “Changing Places” disabled changing facility.

 The council says the scheme optimises the use of the neighbouring bowls club and would also provide an outdoor running track, either in its current location or on a site nearby.  A range of multi-use games areas behind the new centre would also be provided.  The council says it will continue to work with the two amateur dramatic groups which use the existing centre to help them find new premises.

 Cllr Jonathan Chowen, district council deputy leader and cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “We have worked very closely with our partners and many groups over the last few years.  We now want to give the general public an opportunity to see what we hope we will be developing very shortly.”

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