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Wiltshire leisure centres reopening in August

July 24, 2020 11:15 AM
By WC (edited)

For our libraries WC is running a phony consultation as an excuse to delay re-opening, unlike other local authorities which have just gone ahead. No such duplicity with leisure centres, where there's a bit of dosh to be made: re-opening will take place as soon as possible. Here's the announcement:

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Wiltshire Council has announced a phased reopening of its leisure services from 3 August.

From 3 August, Five Rivers Centre, Salisbury, and Springfield Campus, Corsham, will open their doors to the public for the first time since 20 March, with customers able to access the fitness suite, swimming pool and group exercise classes.

Then, from 10 August, the council will reopen Nadder Centre, Tisbury; The Vale Campus, Pewsey; and Devizes Leisure Centre. Marlborough Leisure Centre will follow later in August or early September.

On 10 August, a number of the sites managed on behalf of the council by Places Leisure will reopen, including The Olympiad, Chippenham; The Activity Zone, Malmesbury; Castle Place Leisure Centre, Trowbridge; Melksham Blue Pool and Warminster Sports Centre.

In September, Lime Kiln Leisure Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett; Bradford on Avon Swimming Pool; Westbury Swimming Pool; and Leighton Recreation Centre, Westbury will reopen.

Customers must book in advance, and follow social distancing and increased hygiene measures.

The opening schedule has been devised to ensure that both Wiltshire Council and Places Leisure can manage resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, while keeping customers and staff safe. This means not all leisure centres will initially reopen, though these arrangements will be regularly reviewed.

Facilities such as cafes and creches will remain closed, and due to the restrictions on group swimming it is not possible to provide under 16s free swimming.

Centres will initially reopen with revised opening hours. To find out more, go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-covid19; or for centres managed by Places Leisure, see www.placesleisure.org/wiltshire/.

Calne Leisure Centre will reopen later this autumn, when its development work is complete. Repair works are continuing at Trowbridge Sports Centre, with work set to be complete before the end of the year. Amesbury Sports Centre and Durrington Swimming and Fitness Centre will remain closed for the time being. The council is working with the MOD on the reopening of Tidworth Leisure Centre at a later date.