Public gyms and pools have been able to open from Saturday 25th July so it is very disappointing that whilst most Council-owned leisure centres have opened, Purley Leisure Centre has remained firmly closed. There is no explanation on the Council website or on the operator’s website, there are no phone lines available and my online enquiry has gone unanswered.
Keeping fit, and particularly keeping our BMI down, is one way to reduce the affect of COVID-19 should we be unfortunate enough to catch it; it is therefore extremely disappointing that the Labour Council doesn't appear to be capable of opening our closest leisure centre promptly, or even letting us know when it might open. By a remarkable co-incidence, the four Council-owned pools that HAVE re-opened are all in Labour-held wards, whereas the two pools that have not re-opened are both in Conservative-held wards. What does the Council seek to gain by depriving Purley residents of facilities that are now freely availanble elsewhere in the Borough? This issue has been escalated, and we await a response from the relevant Executive Director.