*UPDATE Monday, March 3, 9.20am*
Parkwood Community Leisure, which operates Penarth Leisure Centre on behalf of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, has confirmed that the leisure centre will reopen to customers from today, March 3, following the recent fire.
"From Monday, the squash courts, main hall, two dance studios and party room will all be available. This means the group exercise programme will operate as normal, as will all main hall block bookings and main hall activities such as soft play and badminton.
The swimming pool and gym will remain closed until further notice, while clean-up operations continue.
Opening hours for customers will be:
We would like to thank customers for their on-going cooperation and messages of support during the past week.
An update on the pool and gym will be issued next week."
Penarth Leisure Centre management have confirmed that the leisure centre will partially reopen for limited service on Monday, March 3.
In a statement released earlier this afternoon the Penarth Leisure Team said that all group fitness classes will run in both dance studios and the main hall as per programmed time table, while the squash court will also be available.
The statement added that block bookings of the main hall would go ahead as scheduled and that the Soft Play would also run as planned from Monday.
PENARTH Leisure Centre is said to have suffered “extensive damage” from last weekend’s fire but is still hoping to partially reopen on Monday, March 3.
Speaking during a Penarth Town Council policy and finance committee meeting last night, February 27, Penarth Town Mayor Cllr Neil Thomas said that he had been to the leisure centre earlier in the day to survey the damage.
"The damage is quite extensive to the sauna area and by the end of the pool," he said.
"The situation as of this afternoon is that they are hoping to bring part of the front of the building back into use this coming Monday, depending on safety issues."
Councillor Thomas, who represents the Cornerswell ward, added that the gym would take “slightly longer” to reopen as there was still smoke damage throughout the building and that a cleaning operation had now begun.
"It is particularly difficult in the pool area because of the depth of the pool and height of the ceiling doesn't help. They are working towards hopefully reopening again this coming Monday, with the gym at a slightly later date and the pool and sauna after that."
He also commended the work of staff in evacuating the building on Sunday evening.
"Nobody was hurt by the fire and nobody suffered smoke damage, mostly down to the extremely efficient way the staff reacted and got everybody out. Even though some were in bathing costumes staff let them sit in their own cars to stay warm."
He added that the main hall and dance studios weren't badly affected by the fire but still smelt of smoke.