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Heathfield Leisure Centre Consultation on Future Options

Status: Closed

This consultation seeks views concerning the future of Heathfield Leisure Centre (“the Leisure Centre”) from local residents; staff and pupils at Heathfield Community College (“the College”), and pupils’ parents/carers; and any other stakeholders.

As explained further below, East Sussex County Council (“the County Council”) intends that the Leisure Centre will continue to be used by the College.  However, it is considering different options so far as non-College / community use of the Leisure Centre is concerned. Respondents are specifically invited to provide their views on three alternative options of:

(a) ending non-College / community use of the Leisure Centre ;

(b) keeping the Leisure Centre open for non-College/ community use (which appears likely to require subsidisation by the County Council); and

(c) considering alternative operating models consistent with the existing College use.

The consultation also provides respondents with the opportunity to make proposals as to how the Leisure Centre might be kept open for non-College / community use in a financially sustainable way.

On 14 June 2022, a Lead ESCC Member for Resources and Climate Change report approved the public consultation process to secure views on the future of the Heathfield Leisure Centre.

The link to the Lead Member report is here & below.

If you need this information and survey in another format or language, or you need help to take part, please get in touch Property.Consultation@eastsussex.gov.uk

For key findings and changes made see results below:

Topics covered by this consultation:

Council Business, Leisure, Public Health

Consultation Start Date: 28/06/2022

Consultation End Date: 09/08/2022

Results expected by: 14/10/2022

Please note: these dates are subject to change.

Areas covered by this consultation:

Wealden District (All), Heathfield & Waldron Parish

Target audience for this consultation:

Wealden Residents

Frequency of this consultation: One-off

Methods of consultation used:

Online Survey (All Public)

What Happens Next?

The County Council wishes to seek views via public consultation on a way forward, including on the three options identified above.  This consultation also gives respondents an opportunity to provide ideas and suggestions on proposals to run the Leisure Centre based on a financially sustainable model.

Non-College / community use of the Leisure Centre may end if the County Council is unable to identify a financially sustainable model for ongoing non-College / community use.

Contact Details:

Contact Name: East Sussex County Council

Email: Property.Consultation@eastsussex.gov.uk

Telephone: 0345 608 0190