Investment in leisure centres shows ‘commitment to first-class services’

Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Cabinet Member for Finance and Service Delivery, outside the Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill (photo submitted). SUS-160715-152111001
Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Cabinet Member for Finance and Service Delivery, outside the Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill (photo submitted). SUS-160715-152111001

Multi-million pound upgrades to leisure centres in Mid Sussex shows a ‘commitment to first-class services’, according to the district council.

Mid Sussex District Council and Places for People Leisure (PfPL) are set to invest £3.1 million in improvements to The Dolphin, Kings Centre and The Triangle leisure centres.

The Dolphin Leisure Centre , Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards  SR1620982 SUS-161207-173134001

The Dolphin Leisure Centre , Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards SR1620982 SUS-161207-173134001

PfPL took over the running of the facilities in 2014 and has already investment £2.7m across the three centres.

Jonathan Ash-Edwards, cabinet member for finance and service delivery, said: “This is a significant financial investment for a council the size of Mid Sussex and it shows our commitment to providing first-class services for our residents.”

MSDC will contribute £1.2m compared to £1.9m for PfPL.

The biggest investment will be at The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill, which has seen a 60 per cent increase in gym attendance since 2014.

A larger purpose-built gym will be created on the first floor, with extra fitness and weight training machines, with space downstairs for group exercise classes.

A new climbing facility will be installed to replace two of the four squash courts, with a new open plan cafe area.

Both members’ changing room areas at the Triangle and Haywards Heath’s Dolphin Leisure Centre will be improved and will benefit from both better lockers and shower facilities.

Meanwhile at The Kings Centre in East Grinstead, which benefitted most from improvements in 2014, will see an upgrade to the floor of the swimming pool changing rooms and new toilets near reception.

Pru Moore, cabinet member for leisure and sustainability, added: “It’s great so many people are being attracted to our leisure centres but this means some of our most popular activities are becoming full at peak times. We want everybody in Mid Sussex to be able to enjoy high quality leisure facilities so these latest improvements aim to free up more space, accommodate more people and create a better experience for all leisure centre users.”

Chris Markham, Mid Sussex contracts manager for PfPL, said: “Places for People Leisure is committed to providing active places for healthy people and these developments will enhance the opportunities for people in Mid Sussex to make even further use of their local leisure facilities.”

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