Conservatives seek Olympic boost to citys sporting facilities

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Conservatives are urging the Green Administration of Brighton & Hove City Council to take advantage of the huge boost given to the country by the London Olympics to kick start a new push to improve sporting facilities in the city, particularly at the King Alfred Leisure Centre.

A recent audit by Sport England found that resident satisfaction with Brighton & Hoves sporting facilities is in the bottom 25% in the country and that compared to similar cities such as Southampton, Portsmouth and Plymouth, provision in Brighton & Hove is poor. Nearly half of residents surveyed stated that they prefer to use sporting facilities in neighbouring Crawley, Burgess Hill and Horsham.

Leader of the Conservative Group – Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald – said: Our magnificent Olympic stars have given us a unique opportunity to inspire a new generation to take up sport, with all the huge benefits to health and development that this brings. The Council must do everything it can now to take advantage of this feel good factor and delivering a new state of the art leisure centre at the King Alfred would be a great start. We know that there are developers in the city who are very interested in making this happen and so it is vitally important that the proposed cross-party working group on the King Alfred is set up as soon as possible so that momentum is not lost. Bringing the citys sporting facilities up to 21st century standards would be the ultimate legacy from London 2012 especially if the Olympics inspired Brighton & Hove to produce the next Steve Ovett or Rebecca Addlington.

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