Highbridge sports centre 'will remain closed until January'
King Alfred Sports Centre is to remain closed until January after
suffering severe flooding damage caused by a torrential rain storm
earlier this month.
centre suffered major damage to its roof and interior when exceptionally
heavy rain caused flooding across the town on August 5th, as first
centre's operators said this week that "extensive repair
work" needs to be carried out and this is not expected to
be completed until the start of 2015.
Gail Livingstone from operator 1610 told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
roof of the building, the gym, dance studio, bar and reception
area will all need to be fully refurbished and the building will
have to dry out before the centre can re-open in January."
is estimated that this process could take up to four months because
of the extent of the flooding in the centre."
Leisure Trust, which leases the centre from Somerset County Council,
says it has been actively working with the council to resolve
the matter as soon as possible.
is writing to customers to inform them about the closure and the
contingency plans being put in place while the repairs are completed.
of King Alfred Sports Centre are able to use any 1610 leisure
centre including Trinity Sports and Leisure and Robert Blake and
Elmwood Leisure Centres in Bridgwater as alternative venues while
the centre is temporarily closed.
Manager of King Alfred Sports Centre, Toni McKinlay, added: "1610
appreciates the patience of customers at this time and we are
doing everything we can to minimise the inconvenience to them
while the repairs are carried out."
exercise classes will continue to take place on site at the King
Alfred School and we are also looking at alternative venues for
the Sports Hall and Squash Courts."
Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, added: "We
are working closely with 1610 and our contractors to ensure the
Leisure Centre is reopened as early as possible in the New Year.
Wed like to thank everyone for their patience whilst the
necessary works are carried out and apologise for any inconvenience
will also be kept informed of regular updates about King Alfred
Sports Centre on the 1610 website and here on Burnham-On-Sea.com.