King Alfred Leisure Centre cockroach infestation 'dirty secret'

A cockroach infestation at a Sussex leisure centre is being taken "extremely seriously", say managers.

One regular swimmer said she saw about 20 cockroaches at the King Alfred centre in Hove during a recent visit.

Katy Dawes claims a member of staff told her the insects were "our dirty little secret".

Brighton and Hove council and Freedom Leisure, who run the centre, said they were taking "robust" action to manage the problem.

Ms Dawes said she saw the insects moving on a carpet.

'Robust procedure'

She said the staff member told her pest controllers had sprayed underneath the swimming pool, but the insects had moved elsewhere.

"The reception is two levels up from underneath the pool so they'd obviously travelled all the way up," she said.

In a statement, the council and Freedom Leisure said: "We fully accept no one should have to face this sort of situation when they're using our facilities.

"We are working together to ensure there is a robust and on-going cleansing procedure which will actively manage the problem.

"We're also working with the environmental health agency who are satisfied with the actions we're taking, and there are regular pest control inspections."

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