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Start date set for Broadbridge Heath’s £12.3 million leisure centre

Sports fans will get a £12.3 million leisure centre in Broadbridge Heath, after councillors gave the scheme the go-ahead.

Work is scheduled to start next Autumn and it should be open in 2018.

Councillors approved the centre in a unanimous decision at a Horsham District council meeting last week. 

The council says the development will deliver the biggest public “dry-side” sports and leisure centre in the district and will see a major new facility built to replace the existing Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre.

The new centre will include a six court sports hall, an 80-station gym, a cycle studio and three fitness studios.

It will incorporate a new café and extended catering facilities serving both the leisure centre and adjoining Horsham District Indoor Bowls Club.

Other facilities include a sensory room and new changing facilities for indoor and outdoor activity, including a “Changing Places” disabled changing facility. Also provided is a multi-use games facility, a soft play area, climbing wall and treatment room for beauty and sports therapy sessions.

The new building will be designed to meet the needs of a population which are set to grow significantly over the next 20 years.

Commenting on the go-ahead plans, cabinet member for Leisure and Culture Cllr Jonathan Chowen said: “We are really pleased to have found a vibrant, new multi-purpose scheme that incorporates so many new and exciting facilities and will be more cost effective to manage in the future.

“We have worked extensively with partners and local sports clubs to develop a proposal which meets the current and future needs of the district and I look forward to continuing the collaboration with these various partners as we move to the development stage.

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