Members of a prestigious health club were furious to be told they can no longer take their children into the swimming pool.
Bosses of the health club and spa at the East Sussex National Golf Club have told members their children have now been barred from the pool.
Parents of youngsters who used to enjoy their swimming were told of the new ruling by a flyer which was distributed at the Club’s reception.
But hotel manager Paul Slijper said: “Current membership agreements never included provision for allowing members’ children to use the pool and no part of the membership fee ever included children swim times.”
One member, who does not wish to be named, said: “This facility has been available to us for six plus years.”
He claimed a swimming club has been barred as a result of the owner’s decision based on two groundless complaints.
He said the club has received about 50 complaints so far about the decision.
The aspect that rankles, people say, is that children of hotel guests are allowed to use the pool, whereas their children are not.
Membership of the health club costs £61.50 per month per individual, with a £50 joining fee on top.
Another member told the Express: “This is hardly a good decision to be made pre-Christmas and in Olympic year when business communities should be looking to invest in physical activities for local children, such as swimming.
“These kids are the next generation of employees at local businesses such as the East Sussex National.”
Mr Slijper said: “In January 2013 Horsted Health Club will be launching a new range of membership packages for all our members.
“There will be brand new benefits and special discounts included in the new packages, along with
better value prices for use of the club at off peak times.
“The East Sussex National hotel is now going from strength to strength, and the increase in the number of hotel guests wishing to use the swimming pool means we have taken the decision to give access only to children who are staying at the hotel.
“Restricted swim times for these children will still preserve the peace and quiet of the pool for health club members.”
The ban is in complete contrast to policies at Isenhurst’s smart, private health clubs and spas in Uckfield, Heathfield and Cross in Hand.
A spokesman said: “We have kids’ swims twice a week at all three clubs, in contrast to the news we’ve just heard about the East Sussex National.
“We offer lessons, and we are pleased to say, members’ children are welcomed at these sessions.”