We’ve just heard that loss adjustors called in by the council to assess the damage from last week’s flooding have spoken of ‘catastrophic damage’ at leisure@cheltenham.
At a meeting with council officers yesterday, loss adjustors said that, of all the public services and sites they had visited across the region, leisure@cheltenham has suffered the worst damage they had seen.
Sonia Phillips, assistant director for health and wellbeing, said:
We have been advised that it is likely to be nine to twelve months before leisure@cheltenham is fully back up and running, and that reinstatement costs could run into several millions of pounds. We are doing everything possible to minimise the period of closure, and working hard to identify feasible options for operating some of our services in the meantime – this may take several weeks before we can confirm details. We have written to our sixteen hundred ‘pre-pay’ customers, our customers who take block bookings and, of course, our staff to explain that they will continue to be paid until further notice. A team of customer service assistants are contacting customers who have paid for courses which were due to run during the summer holidays. We will be keeping everyone closely informed over the coming weeks.
The Prince of Wales stadium remains closed due to loss of power, although it is hoped to restore power to the stadium next week.