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Isle of Wight to open new gym and swimming pool

Thu 16 Aug 2012

Isle of Wight to open new gym and swimming pool

The Isle of Wight is set to open a new swimming pool and gym in the coming weeks.

An opening ceremony of the newly refurbished swimming pool and modern ToneZone gym at The Heights Leisure Centre is set to take place on October 15th, which is two weeks later than had originally been planned.

According to John Metcalfe, deputy director of economy and environment at the Isle of Wight Council, delays to the building work at the site were caused by the bad weather experienced by the island during June and July.

He stated that although the Isle of Wight has had much better weather in the last few weeks, the heavy rain and wind meant building work had to be postponed and the site is now not going to be ready to be opened on October 1st as planned.

"We had feared that the delay would be a number of weeks but are pleased with the efforts of the builders to limit the delay to only a couple of weeks. It is always difficult with a refurbishment project to control all of the elements that can impact on planned works," said Mr Metcalfe, who added he wants to apologise to any users of The Heights Leisure Centre who will not be able to take advantage of the facilities.

Those on Isle of Wight holidays this winter can use the gym and the swimming pool to keep fit during their time on the island.

The Isle of Wight is also the ideal location for walking and cycling, so those who travel to the island this autumn and winter have a great chance to keep up their fitness during a break.

Indeed, from October 26th to 29th the island will be playing host to the Autumn Walking Weekend, which is a spin-off event from the popular annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival.

Thousands of people are expected to travel to the island this October to take part.

Posted by Carla WinterADNFCR-3083-ID-801430209-ADNFCR

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