Reopening of Brighton swimming pool is delayed

A swimming pool in central Brighton will not be able to reopen as planned on May 17, the council has said.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 3:33 pm
Prince Regent Swimming Complex, Brighton.

Extensive repairs of the electrical system at the Prince Regent Swimming Complex are currently taking place.

Despite Freedom Leisure’s efforts in giving the work the highest priority, it will not be able to re-open the pool on 17 May as hoped.

Large scale flooding at the complex over the Easter weekend caused significant damage to the majority of the electrical system in the building, Freedom Leisure said.

Councillor Martin Osborne, joint-chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committees, said: “We appreciate that people want to get back to swimming at the Prince Regent as soon as possible, but the safety of residents must be our top priority.

“We want to make sure the repairs are carried out thoroughly and everything tested before we re-open.

“The damage turned out to be severe but thanks to the efforts of the electricians, we have now got power back on in the building and are working to connect up the systems and test the circuit boards.”

It is expected that the complex will re-open by the end of June.

In the meantime, alternative swimming facilities are available at the King Alfred Leisure Centre and St Luke’s swimming pool.

While the Prince Regent has been out of action, Freedom Leisure, which operates the council’s leisure centres, have relocated as many swimming lessons and clubs as possible to these pools.

Find more information is on Freedom Leisure’s webpages and social media channels.