Brighton leisure centers are changing their opening times amid the energy crisis

RECREATION CENTERS are to reduce their opening hours to counter rising energy bills.

Freedom Leisure, which runs several leisure facilities for Brighton and Hove City Council, is to change opening hours at seven centers in the area as part of a major cost-cutting effort.

A briefing to councilors said the new hours were “designed to support Freedom Leisure in continuing to provide facilities to residents during the national cost of living crisis”.

The new opening hours would result in leisure centers either opening or closing 30 minutes earlier on weekdays, with further changes in some of them also affecting weekend service.

The leisure centers concerned are:

  • Stanley Deason Leisure Center on Wilson Avenue, Whitehawk, Brighton: closing at 5.30pm instead of 8pm on weekends
  • Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Center on Moulsecoomb Way, Brighton: closes 30 minutes earlier at 22:30 every weekday and closes at 18:30 instead of 20:00 on Saturdays and 16:30 instead of 17:00 on Sundays.
  • Withdean Sports Complex on Tongdean Way, Brighton: closes 30 minutes earlier every night at 22:30 and 18:30 on weekends instead of 20:00.
  • Prince Regent Swimming Complex on Church Street, Brighton: opening on Sunday at 8am instead of 7am.
  • Portslade Sports Center on Chalky Road: closes 30 minutes earlier each night at 10.30pm.
  • St Lukes Swimming Pool at St Luke’s Terrace, Brighton: opens 30 minutes later at 7.30am and closes 30 minutes earlier at 9.30pm on weekdays.
  • King Alfred Leisure Center at Kingsway in Hove: closing an hour earlier on Friday evenings at 21:30.

Leisure centers are cutting hours to counter rising bills - see where this is affectingRobert Nemeth has criticized the changed opening times

Councilor Robert Nemeth criticized the changes, particularly at the King Alfred Leisure Centre, saying: “The Council obviously cannot control international energy prices, but the situation generally demonstrates the unacceptable delays faced by residents in the refurbishment of the King Alfred and others associated buildings.

“A new King Alfred should already be on the way, using renewable energy sources alongside modern insulation methods. Treating the King Alfred as a housing project, rather than a sports project, has delayed matters for decades.”

Brighton and Hove City Council and Freedom Leisure have been asked to comment. Brighton leisure centers are changing their opening times amid the energy crisis

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