Fantastic news for our leisure centre customers

We’ve now got some great news about progress at our flood devastated leisure facilities

Right now we have a contractor on the site building some temporary premises. We’re planning a thirty station fitness suite and a fitness studio where a selection of classes and courses can be held. The facilities will be fully air conditioned, have shower and changing accommodation and have disability access. It will all take a few weeks to complete, but work is in progress.

Sonia Phillips, our assistant director for health and wellbeing said:

We still await a date from the contractor when the temporary premises will be handed over to us, however it is likely that the facility will be available for use towards the end of September. We will do our best to update and inform our customers of all developments, particularly when a confirmed opening date is known. In the meantime, a specialist contractor has now commenced with the initial strip-out work at centre. This is a major operation which includes the removal of all contaminated debris from the site.

and Anne Regan the cabinet member for safer and stronger communities added:

I would like to thank all those who have expressed their support to the centre during recent weeks and give my assurance that we are doing everything we can to minimise the period of disruption that the closure has caused. leisure@cheltenham serves more than 111,000 residents so I am pleased that we will shortly have facilities for people to use.

This really positive news follows the recent visit of James Schiro, Zurich Global’s chief executive to show his support and oversee the insurance investigation.

Scenes like this will return…
Excercise class at Cheltenham's leisure facilities

20 Responses to “Fantastic news for our leisure centre customers”

  1. 1 Justine 14 August 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Fantastic news! Good luck & see you again soon


  2. 2 fg 14 August 2007 at 8:44 pm

    Ooooh, this is exciting news!

    I have been thinking about temporarily joining somewhere elst, but I really don’t want to. I’ve been a member of many gyms, and this is by far, the friendliest, which is the most important thing for me.

    Good luck!

  3. 3 Damien 14 August 2007 at 9:32 pm

    I am so Glad it will air conditioned! How about “Waterpoof”!

  4. 4 Damien 14 August 2007 at 9:38 pm

    or even “proof”

  5. 5 Sarah 17 August 2007 at 10:58 am

    Great news to hear some classes will be starting soon, i’ve really missed them !! See you soon

  6. 6 Russ 17 August 2007 at 11:50 am

    Good to hear you will be back soon – at least in part!!

    Don’t know what to do with myself without circuits and bodypump but leisure@ run the best classes around so I just don’t want to go anywhere else!

    Looking forward to coming back! Good luck!

  7. 7 DD 17 August 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Great news…………….any news on the track yet?


  8. 8 Chris 17 August 2007 at 11:00 pm

    This is great news, Have missed the leisure centre its Gym and the quality classes.

    Please keep us posted with ongoing progres – can’t wait to get back.

  9. 9 Jill 23 August 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Well done, everyone! It sounds like you have been able to really expedite things; it must have been hugely depressing to see all the damage.
    Great to hear that the classes will soon be back – they are the best, and I’m missing them.

  10. 10 Michael 27 August 2007 at 8:59 pm

    I look forward to the new facility. How about advising us of the
    monthly subscription. I mean, £38 per month for a lot less than
    we had before wouldn’t be fair. However, I appreciate what’s been done.

    Good luck

    (How about a punch bag in the main building when it’s back in action?)

  11. 11 Rob Woodward 7 September 2007 at 1:26 am

    Gym is one thing, but there are very few places to play badminton. I am in serious need of my badminton fix!!
    Is there development to incorporate these facilities?


  12. 12 alison 8 September 2007 at 4:32 pm

    we need an update on the works. Are the classes still expected to re-commence by the end of september? I think a lot more information is required by those of us who were members,have been patient but are very keen to return.

  13. 13 Lucy 10 September 2007 at 8:00 pm

    I am seriously thinking about joining elsewhere as I’m struggling without my gym fix, and am doing my best to hold out for the new facility to open! Please can you let us know when this will be.

  14. 14 cheltenhamboroughcouncil 11 September 2007 at 10:05 am

    Right now we are waiting to get access to the temporary building that we can use for exercise classes. We then need to move in the equipment and fix an opening date. As soon as we know that we will make it widely known.

    Thanks for your patience.

  15. 15 john jean morris 13 September 2007 at 8:26 pm

    could not find any info about the swimming pool when will it be open ,we miss our swim j j morris

  16. 16 sarah 20 September 2007 at 7:49 am

    Just wondering when the lights for the training pitches will be back in action, we are currently training somewhere else with no flood lights and are now struggling with the light fading faster and faster as the winter sets in. Thanks

  17. 17 Rachel 21 September 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Do you have a date for exercise classes to resume is it still end of September

  18. 18 Alan 21 September 2007 at 9:19 pm

    when will the main pool be back in action

  19. 19 Cherry 24 September 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Any news regarding the swimming pool. Realise it will be some time but don’t really want to take a membership out elsewhere so if you can supply a very rough time scale…..

  20. 20 cheltenhamboroughcouncil 27 September 2007 at 10:17 am

    Many thanks for all of your questions.

    Hopefully here are a few answers that should fill in any gaps…

    1. Floodlights. Full mains power has now been restored to the Prince of Wales Stadium. This now enables use of the floodlights. If there are any problems with the lighting please contact the operations team based at the stadium.

    2. Exercise Classes. We hope to commence with the exercise classes shortly and will be writing to members and local media to advise of the start date next week.

    3. Swimming Pools. The decontamination and assessment processes continue on the main site. Until this process is completed we regret we cannot give a timescale at this time for the reopening of the swimming pools.

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