Anger at state of changing rooms despite £300k repairs

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 March 2015

Unveiling of Strode Leisure Centre's refurbished changing rooms last year.

Unveiling of Strode Leisure Centre's refurbished changing rooms last year.


Users of a Clevedon leisure centre are angry at the state of its changing rooms despite them receiving a £300,000 revamp only four months ago.

Strode Leisure Centre in Strode Road underwent a major refurbishment in October, which included new drainage channels and floor and wall coverings, but members are unhappy they have deteriorated so quickly, leaving drains smelling and ceiling tiles broken.

Jane Darlington, who lives in St Michaels Avenue, said: “There’s often mud, food and rubbish over the floors, or a drowning of soapy, slippery cleaning fluid. It smells really bad, like blocked drains or festering nappies - really not pleasant.

“There’s nowhere near enough room to get changed. There’s not enough seating space as it’s all been taken up with cubicles which people leave their clothes and towels in so you can’t use them. There are only three shower cubicles which is nowhere near enough.”

Clevedon town Councillor, Jane Geldart, added: “There seems to be a distinct lack of a desire to understand what users and members of the public think about this facility that residents of Clevedon have and continue to pay for.

“This is a real shame as Strode Leisure Centre should be cherished and maximised for the people of Clevedon.”

The contractors, John Perkins, have completed some repair works, such as refixing cubicles, with other tasks such as cutting floor grilles to shorter lengths and replacing ceiling tiles due for completion within the week.

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We have been working closely with the contractors to address a number of issues following work at Strode Leiure Centre. We apologise for any inconvenience but we hope that the leisure centre users will see that the work carried out has done an awful lot to improve the available facilities.”

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