Improved leisure facilities in Wealden

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Wealden District Council has approved plans to improve health and leisure facilities in Crowborough and Hailsham.

In Crowborough there will be an extension for a learning pool at Crowborough Leisure Centre at Goldsmiths.

As part of the masterplan to regenerate Hailsham Town Centre – called Hailsham Aspires there will be a new leisure centre.

Cabinet member for Community & Public Health and District Councillor for Crowborough South East, Philip Lunn said:

Health and fitness are so important to every generation within Wealden. The changes we are putting in place today will help to greatly improve swimming facilities in the north of the District. The improvements for Hailsham, which will involve a new centre, are even more exciting.

We will be consulting fully about the future new provisions in the months ahead.

Crowborough Leisure Centre has a 25m pool. The floor is moveable in the shallow end to enable classes and swimming instruction to take place.

To help deliver these improvements, Wealden District Council will be seeking support from Sport England’s Strategic Facility Fund. The Council owns of the Hailsham leisure building and has a long lease on Crowborough leisure centre.

The four leisure centres in Wealden are managed by Freedom Leisure. The District Council leases the two centres at Uckfield and Heathfield from East Sussex County Council, where they form part of a larger community college site. Yesterday’s Cabinet meeting also agreed to end its lease of the Uckfield and Heathfield buildings, removing an unnecessary layer of management, when the current period expires in 2022. These will revert back to the County Council.

Councillor Lunn added:

We wanted to make this decision as soon as possible to provide certainty for both the colleges and East Sussex County Council. It will help them plan for the future and ensure a smooth transition of services. It is vital that all Wealden’s existing leisure centres continue to provide as much community access as possible.

Wealden District Council’s contract with Freedom Leisure to provide leisure facilities at Crowborough and Hailsham runs until 2027. Its contact with Freedom Leisure at the Uckfield and Heathfield sites expires in 2022.

At yesterday’s Cabinet approvals given for new affordable housing development in Uckfield, a new GP surgery in Mayfield and investment in electric vehicle charging points across the district (more to follow).

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