THIS is the first look inside at multi-million pound leisure centre which is opening on Monday.
The £7.8m Gosport Leisure Centre, off Forest Way, Gosport, will offer a 70-item gym, eight five-a-side and one seven-a-side synthetic football pitches and two grass mini-pitches, along with a multi-purpose sports hall, when it opens on Monday.
But as reported yesterday in The News, the 25m swimming pool will not open until January 19, as a batch of faulty tiles must be replaced.
The substandard tiles from an Italian firm were fitted on the walkway around the pool before they were spotted during a snag check before the handover to operator DC Leisure.
And The News can reveal that a swim will cost £3.15 for an adult, £2.15 for a junior and is free for under-fives.
Memberships for the gym will start from £18.99 a month, and £6.25 for casual use, or £4.20 for concessions.
The Tory leader of the Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hook, said the prices are cheaper than nearby facilities in Fareham.
He also said that the cost of a swim at the now-demolished Holbrook centre would have gone up to the same price in 2013.
Cllr Hook said: ‘The difference is they’ve got a new state-of-the-art facility with superb changing rooms and lockers and showers and so on.
‘I’d like to think it’s exceptionally good value considering the £7.8m of investment to build the centre.
‘I’m sure the public will be delighted once they’ve seen the facility.
‘A lot of people didn’t use Holbrook because the facilities were so bad.
‘It offers extremely good value for money and the public, when they go there they will be wowed by it.’
But leader of the Lib Dem opposition, Cllr Peter Chegwyn, is concerned that the membership costs may be unaffordable for some.
He said: ‘We all welcome it, there’s no doubt about that, it’s a wonderful new facility but you shouldn’t price it out of people’s pockets.
‘I’d much rather have a lower price and more people being able to use it and the council would make just as much money then.’
The centre will open at the reduced hours of 10am to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday.