Jacuzzi disabled people relied on was 'not well used', say The Venue, Borehamwood

Borehamwood Times: Paul Simmonds Paul Simmonds

A spa which closed to make way for a second soft play area was not well used, according to the leisure centre managers.

But people who use the spa at The Venue Leisure Centre, in Elstree Way, Borehamwood, argued hundreds of disabled people did use it as a form of therapy, to soothe their painful joints.

The spa was demolished in October and a new, second soft-play area for children will be opened on Saturday, leaving residents who started a petition angry managers 'turned a blind eye' to their plight. 

A statement from Hertsmere Leisure said: “The soft play area we had was oversubscribed so we made the decision to extend the soft play facilities at The Venue.

“We understand a small number of our customers have been inconvenienced by this change, but we do still have a spa at The Venue alongside the sauna and steam room.

“Responding to concerns about free access, Hertsmere Leisure has made access to our spa free to those who have disabilities.”

Despite this, Paul Simmonds - who has a condition similar to multiple-sclerosis - previously said the upstairs section was not wheelchair friendly.

In November, the dad-of-two told the Borehamwood Times: “It is a tiny lift and cannot fit a wheelchair in. To make matters worse, you have to walk through the reception area soaking wet to get there. 

“That is not practical if you are in a wheelchair like me.”

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12:15am Sat 2 Feb 13

studio 70 says...

Trying to read that headline is like trying to eat a bag of toffees all in one go. Anna the HEADLINE should be concise and punchy not wordy and garbled and over complicated.
Trying to read that headline is like trying to eat a bag of toffees all in one go. Anna the HEADLINE should be concise and punchy not wordy and garbled and over complicated. studio 70

9:33pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Michaela1975 says...

Studio do you ever have anything constructive to say about the actual story?
I'm devastated the spa has gone, I used it all the time for my arthritis and its too much of a hassle going to the beamont centre upstairs. My elderly father found it theraputic too. Come on Hertsmere Leisure, all you care about is money.
Studio do you ever have anything constructive to say about the actual story? I'm devastated the spa has gone, I used it all the time for my arthritis and its too much of a hassle going to the beamont centre upstairs. My elderly father found it theraputic too. Come on Hertsmere Leisure, all you care about is money. Michaela1975

4:48am Tue 5 Feb 13

studio 70 says...

Indeed you are right Paul.
This is typical of today's council- money making facilities to entertain tubby kids and lazy parents. What were our softplay areas? Parks, gardens and outdoor pursuits- my parents never minded us getting wet and dirty and although these days are different with different dangers councils are a bit hand tied in case a child falls out of a tree and breaks a bone; first thing the parent tries to do is sue the council! It is a disgrace that this spa has been shut; in fact the disabled folk are treated by councils in general is shocking and I speak from experience. soft play should be a private venture, facitilities should be council led- soft play is not a facility.
Indeed you are right Paul. This is typical of today's council- money making facilities to entertain tubby kids and lazy parents. What were our softplay areas? Parks, gardens and outdoor pursuits- my parents never minded us getting wet and dirty and although these days are different with different dangers councils are a bit hand tied in case a child falls out of a tree and breaks a bone; first thing the parent tries to do is sue the council! It is a disgrace that this spa has been shut; in fact the disabled folk are treated by councils in general is shocking and I speak from experience. soft play should be a private venture, facitilities should be council led- soft play is not a facility. studio 70

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