With reference to Littlehampton’s pool, we have suggested that if the new centre was to have a sauna or, even better, full spa facilities, ie sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
This could be sold as an asset to the town, especially in winter months to promote tourism!
What better, than staying in a coastal town, enjoying all it has to offer during the day, then a gentle wind down in the evening with a swim and spa!
You could even do some form of deal with accommodation facilities, whereby they get a discount or special pass.
We actually book our short breaks to other towns around these sort of offers.
However, the biggest and by far the most important reason to maintain a sauna as minimum requirement, is the health benefit.
I suffer from arthritis, which, thanks to the sauna, is bearable, as the heat flexes the joints.
There are many more benefits. If we lose this facility, we will undoubtedly spend more time at the doctor, when GPs are already over-stretched.
We do pay for this facility and are willing to continue paying for it.
It always appears to be well used. In fact today, there were eight people in there while we were there for 20 minutes.
This facility did have an issue recently and has been completely refurbished inside by Freedom Leisure to a very high standard last week.
So why can’t this just be moved to the new leisure centre?
All it needs is a small sized room poolside and the users enter from poolside with a wrist band, which is what is done at most saunas.
Cllr Dendle has stated that he may be able to get discounted rates for other saunas in the area, but the only one is at Virgin Leisure which is too expensive for the average Littlehampton resident.
As we are residents of Littlehampton and use either gym or swim and sauna afterwards, we would, like everyone else who use this facility, need the complete package at one location.
So is he giving all residents a reduced rate at Virgin Gym? Do they agree? This means the new facility is not fit for purpose for the residents of Littlehampton and ADC, most of whom have commented they want a sauna.
We currently have this facility and the new centre is taking this away.
Freedom Leisure on there website say about Spa’s ‘Sit back and relax in our sauna, it is a perfect way to unwind after a gym workout or studio class.
There are many benefits of raising the body temperature including stimulating the immune system, lowering pulse and blood pressure’.
Cllr Dendle wants to take this great health benefit away from the people of Arun.
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