Mum’s anger as leisure centre is set to close crèche

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A MUM has told of her anger after a leisure centre decided to close its crèche.

Kelly Morton, from Fareham, went along to her local gym to find a poster on the door saying the crèche would close on April 1.

Kelly Morton (32) from Fareham, is disappointed with Fareham Leisure Centre as she has had very little notice and information as to whether the creche will remain open after the refurbishment.   Pictured is: Kelly Morton (32) with her son Callum Morton (2) who uses the creche.   Picture: Sarah Standing (14819-1299) PPP-140319-162930001

Kelly Morton (32) from Fareham, is disappointed with Fareham Leisure Centre as she has had very little notice and information as to whether the creche will remain open after the refurbishment. Pictured is: Kelly Morton (32) with her son Callum Morton (2) who uses the creche. Picture: Sarah Standing (14819-1299) PPP-140319-162930001

Fareham Leisure Centre is having a big refurbishment.

Due to the building works for a new pool, the crèche has to close.

But Kelly has said the uncertainty of whether it will reopen afterwards has made her angry.

The 32-year-old said: ‘I think the way the leisure centre has handled the situation is very poor.

‘They stuck a poster on the door saying it would close because of the new pool but we aren’t sure if it’s a temporary thing or permanent.

‘Many of the other mums aren’t very happy because a lot of us joined this gym knowing we would have somewhere safe for our children.

‘It is the only leisure centre that had a crèche so it appealed to many of us.

‘I have called the centre but no one can give us any more information, not even the crèche staff.’

Kelly added that a lot of mums have ended their membership.

‘Every parent I have spoken to has been angry and upset,’ she said.

‘It is the short notice that has annoyed me most.’

Since she received the news that the crèche was to close, the parent and children parking spaces are now out of use.

Ryan Grant, general manager at Everyone Active, said: ‘We have worked closely with the building contractors to ensure we are able to keep the majority of facilities open to the public during the £1.5m, six-month modernisation programme.

‘However, as is often the case with major developments, challenges arise and in this instance we are sorry to say we are having to close the crèche as there is not a suitable place to accommodate the facility during the project.

‘We have found there has been a reduced demand for our crèche in recent years but would like to apologise to anyone who would have liked to use the facilities.

‘As a thank you to our members who use the crèche facilities, while these improvement works take place, we will be offering free swimming and free children’s play session.’