Horley Swimming Club concern over new leisure centre windows

Concerns that leisure centre swimmers can be seen by people at nearby bus stops have been raised by a Surrey swimming club.

A hedge has been cut down as part of £9m work at Horley Leisure Centre, leaving a clear view through windows.

The work is due to be completed by next month and Horley Swimming Club believes the problem may disrupt lessons.

However, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council said some sections of the hedge will be reinstated.

Club chairman Maggie Reid said she was worried swimmers or teachers would be distracted by people looking in.

'Trees planted'

"Our concern is from the teaching aspect," she said.

"What I would have liked to have seen is some film down at the bottom of the windows so that you could see out but you couldn't see in."

Tim Prior from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is project manager for the new leisure centre, he said: "When the centre is completed there will be sections of hedge reinstated, in fact, there is going to be new trees put in the front which are going to be between three and four metres high."

"We have always been perfectly clear that you would be able to see into the pool from the outside and that's one of the features of it.

"Like most modern leisure centres we want to make it very visible so that people from the inside and the outside can look each way."

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