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Haverhill Leisure Centre slammed for failure to fix leaky roof




A frustrated Haverhill Leisure Centre user has accused those who look after it of failing in their duty after seeing his five-a-side football matches cancelled many times due to a leaky roof.

Tom Ayre, 47, has been playing five-a-side in the centre’s main hall for more than 20 years, but after water dripping on to the main hall floor on September 16 caused the latest cancellation of a game, he decided enough is enough.

Tom, of Recreation Road, Haverhill, said: “The fact is that we are missing out on something we love because of their own incompetence.

“The continuing dereliction by Abbeycroft Leisure to address this problem is beyond parody.

“This has been an ongoing fault for well over two decades and makes a mockery of the sports centre being a 21st century venue for health and well being.”

The centre is managed by Abbeycroft Leisure on behalf of St Edmundsbury Council, which is responsible for repairs to the building.

In 2008 the centre was closed to allow £5.2m worth of improvements to be made, but Tom, who organises matches there on both Wednesdays and Sundays, has questioned just what the money was spent on when the leaky roof has continued to cause football games to be called off.

He said: “A lot of us play two or three times a week down there on different nights,in different games and in different groups, so you can imagine in the winter if it rains like this, the chances of it being called off are pretty high.

“This is the major issue, but to be quite honest with you, with the money being spent on that place I don’t know where that money was spent.

“A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Council said: “We understand the frustration of customers at Haverhill Leisure Centre.

“The maintenance of the roof is a council responsibility and we are aware of the problem which occurs a few times a year in heavy rain.

“We have already investigated it, and carried out remedial works in a so far unsuccessful attempt to fix it.

“The roof refurbishment has been identified as a priority job. It will require significant funding and the work is being brought forward in our planned programme - hopefully in the next year.

“In the meantime we are asking customers to bear with us while we look to address this issue.”



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