Bowling alley is still an option for Bexhill

Rother has not ruled out the possibility of a new bowling alley in Bexhill as it reviews its leisure and sporting facilities across the district.

Rother District Council is currently in negotiations to build a major leisure complex in the town, which could include 10-pin bowling.

Freedom Leisure currently runs Bexhill Leisure Centre and Bexhill Leisure Pool as well as Rye Sports Centre, with the council providing a subsidy of around £370,000.

Rother District Council’s contract with Freedom Leisure expires on March 31 2016.

The council intends to put out to tender a new 10 year contract for the Bexhill sites, with the option to extend by a further 10 years at nil cost or for the council to receive a share of surplus revenue.

Rother is currently in the process of trying to merge the pool and leisure centre into one facility.

Discussions are currently underway with Land Securities regarding the early surrender of the lease of the Bexhill Leisure Pool at Ravenside.

But council officials say negotiations are ‘unlikely’ to be concluded within the time frame for the new contract.

Discussions are also continuing with the Ministry of Defence in relation to the Drill Hall at the Bexhill Down site.

Pending the outcome of these discussions, the specification and contract might need to be amended, which the local authority says could potentially have implications for the whole project.

But while the council says its main focus is on the swimming pool and leisure centre, a new bowling alley for the facility remains a possibility.

In response to a question from a member of the public, Dr Anthony Leonard, executive director of business operations, said: “At the moment, the primary focus was on procuring a new contract for leisure centre provision.

“However, officers would report back later in the year with proposals for developing the Bexhill Down site, and 10-Pin Bowling was one of a number of options being considered.”