Highbridge sports centre set to partially re-open on Monday
King Alfred Sports Centre will partially re-open on Monday (September
8th) after suffering severe flooding damage caused by a torrential
rain storm last month.
centre suffered major damage to its roof and interior after exceptionally
heavy rain caused flooding across the town on August 5th, as first
sports hall, reception area, one squash court and changing space
area are all being re-opened from Monday on reduced hours.
rest of the centre, including the gym, dance studio, a second
squash court and additional changing areas will remain closed
until the New Year whilst extensive repair work is carried out
on the building, including the roof.
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.
General Manager Graham Furze told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the
team at King Alfred Sports Centre have been working long hours
to ensure that customers can access some of the facilities.
team have all been working round the clock behind the scenes to
get the centre up and running again which reflects their dedication
and that of Somerset County Council and the contractors who have
been at site working hard to turn things around quickly to ensure
some services are available to customers."
"Although we still have a long way to go, because of the
extensive damage to the building we are pleased that we can offer
a limited programme of activities to our customers."
really appreciate the patience of our customers and the community
during this difficult time and we would like to thank them for
their understanding whilst contingency plans to cope with what
has been a very challenging situation have been in place."
newly re-opened facilities will be open during the following times
from Monday September 8th: Mon - Fri: 5-10pm and Sat-Sun: 10am2.30pm.
spokeswoman added that the centre had not been damaged by a burst
water mains, as incorrectly reported elsewhere. "The damage
has been caused by the torrential rainfall," she said.