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Neighbours of Phoenix Pool and Gym in Bradwell complain over noise and parking problems

PUBLISHED: 17:17 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:17 30 October 2017

Residents of Widgeon Close in Bradwell have started a petition against the noise and traffic problems from the Pheonix Pool and Gym. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Residents of Widgeon Close in Bradwell have started a petition against the noise and traffic problems from the Pheonix Pool and Gym. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Neighbours of a leisure centre have complained about noise and parking issues near the site.

Residents of Widgeon Close in Bradwell have started a petition against the noise and traffic problems from the Pheonix Pool and Gym. Resident David Cleaver with the petition.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Residents of Widgeon Close in Bradwell have started a petition against the noise and traffic problems from the Pheonix Pool and Gym. Resident David Cleaver with the petition. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The recently refurbished Phoenix Pool and Gym in Bradwell reopened last year and those living close to the complex have said they have had enough.

One resident, David Cleaver, who lives in Widgeon Close and has set up a petition, said loud sounds coming from the dance studios in the centre had become unbearable.

He said: “We’re at the end of our tether. I’m now at a point that we can do no more.

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“People say they’re doing this, they’re doing that but nothing comes out of it.”

Residents of Widgeon Close in Bradwell have started a petition against the noise and traffic problems from the Pheonix Pool and Gym. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Residents of Widgeon Close in Bradwell have started a petition against the noise and traffic problems from the Pheonix Pool and Gym. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

He said environmental health officers from Great Yarmouth Borough Council had visited to investigate the noise issues.

A major concern of his is to do with drivers trying get to the leisure centre.

“There have been several near misses from speeding motorists. There’s going to be a serious injury, an elderly person or child could get knocked down or killed.

“A couple of weeks ago this road was gridlocked. If anyone needed the emergency services to come no-one would have been able to get down this road.”

The leisure centre is run by Lowestoft-based Sentinel Leisure Trust.

The charity’s director of business development, Chris 
Ames, said they had implemented plans to resolve some issues for residents.

He added: “We’re doing everything we can in our power not to be a pain in the bum for the residents.

“Because it’s a road with free parking we can’t do anything to enforce parking on it.

“We’re constantly communicating with customers that there are spaces available in the car park.”

With regards to the noise complaints Mr Ames said the trust had installed noise regulators on their audio equipment to limit the sound levels if they exceeded a certain level.

The £1.9m leisure complex was officially re-opened last October by paralympian Jessica-Jane Applegate.

The gold medal winning Burgh Castle swimmer cut the ribbon at the sports complex.

Builders spent just over six months on site remodelling the 1970’s-built pool and adding a 60-station gym, thermal spa with sauna and steam room, changing village and fitness suite.

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