Uckfield Leisure Centre: formerly ‘at risk’ building becomes Asset of Community Value
The leisure centre has been listed following a nomination by Uckfield Town Council (reference ACV 23007), which means that if it comes up for sale the community will be able to bid for it.
The building was previously at risk of closure in July this year after Wealden District Council agreed to hand it back to its owners, East Sussex County Council. But after a large campaign and rally, as well as a consultation to keep the leisure centre open, Wealden District Council reversed its decision.
Wealden District Councillor Daniel Manvell (Uckfield North, Labour), who led the campaign to keep the leisure centre open, said: “Uckfield Leisure Centre is a much-loved facility, and we know from our campaign that Uckfield pool is the most well-used in Wealden. I am therefore delighted that our nomination has also been successful, giving the leisure centre extra protection. I know that the whole of Uckfield and our surrounding communities will really welcome this news. We must now prioritise getting more funding for our leisure facilities from the government, so that they are fit to serve our growing towns and villages.”
Freedom Leisure manages Uckfield Leisure Centre in partnership with Wealden District Council and aims to provide affordable, inclusive and sustainable facilities for the community. It has a range of different facilities, offering swimming, group exercise, gym, swimming lessons, children’s activities, indoor and outdoor sports, a café and a health referral scheme.