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Leisure centres to reopen from 17 August

A boy swimming at Pavilions In The Park

31 Jul 2020

We are pleased that the Council and Places Leisure, which operates the Council’s gyms and swimming pools, have agreed that Horsham District Council’s leisure centres will be reopening from Monday 17 August.

The announcement to reopen The Bridge Leisure Centre, Billingshurst Leisure Centre, The Pavilions in the Park and Steyning Leisure Centre follows weeks of detailed negotiations

Since Places Leisure closed the leisure centres in March, they have worked closely with Public Health England and their trade body ukactive to ensure that the centres will reopen safely and in line with government guidance.

Places Leisure are implementing new measures to keep colleagues and customers safe. Changes will include signage to ensure social distancing is respected, reduced activity capacities, enhanced cleaning regimes, and hand sanitizing and cleaning stations.

Customers will be asked to pre-book sessions on the Places Locker app or via the Places Leisure website; and a new film about this will be online help customers to prepare.

“We believe that the health and well-bring of our residents is of great importance and that is why Horsham District Council has over many years invested significant sums in state-of-the-art leisure facilities and has a well earned reputation for the range and quality we offer.

“We have worked hard  to get our leisure centres open as soon we could  ensuring that all the precautions to do this safely are in place but being mindful of the costs to the council at a time when there are huge pressures on its finances. I am delighted that we now have a date when we can welcome residents back into our leisure facilities.

“The pandemic has had a significant detrimental impact on our leisure centre contract finances and as we go forward we do not know how the long all the additional safety measures will need to be in place.

I believe that we have secured the best value possible for the public through our negotiations with Places Leisure in order to get the centres open again. However, there are substantial sums involved and we live in unprecedented times where we have no certainty of how long it will be before the centres can return to anything like their previous levels of activity.

I very much hope that  we can reach a point where we have long term certainty but given the situation, over the coming months it will be important that we undertake regular reviews to look at both the usage and the cost to the Council of providing all services including leisure facilities.”

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure & Culture, Cllr Jonathan Chowen

Customer FAQs and a list of opening times and available activities can be found on the Horsham page on the Places Leisure website.