Chesterfield Borough Council to close leisure centres

Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Staveley Healthy Living Centre will be closed to the public until further notice, from 10pm Friday 20 March.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We have made the important decision to close these facilities to the public in line with Government guidance and with the aim of reducing the possible spread of the coronavirus.

“At this difficult time, it is vital that we all take our own health and wellbeing seriously, I would like to remind residents that our parks remain open in order to allow you to walk and exercise whilst maintaining social distancing.”

The council says anyone who is a member of it's leisure centres will have their membership suspended. Direct debit payments will not be collected until our centres return to being fully operational.

For further information or advice on membership suspension please email your enquiry to (for Queen’s Park Sports Centre) qpscenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk  / (for the Healthy Living Centre) hlcenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk

The authority says have been working extremely hard to respond to customer enquiries. If you do contact one of it's centres, please bear with the team as they are responding to a significant number of enquiries at this time.

If you regularly pay Council Tax, rent or make any other payments at the Healthy Living Centre, these should now be made online by visiting www.chesterfield.gov.uk or calling 01246 345 345.

The council's statement continues:

"We have kept payment stations open at the Customer Service Centre in Chesterfield town centre. Please only use this facility if you are unable to pay online or over the phone. You can continue to make payments at PayPoint outlets and through the Post Office but please only do this if it is safe for you to do so.

"If you are suffering from coronavirus symptoms and / or are required to self-isolate, please call us and we can discuss your situation to find a solution."

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

"Together with our partners, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival, which was scheduled to take place in mid-May. 

"This decision was taken in order to ensure that proper social distancing measures, as recommended by the Government, can be maintained and we can ensure the health and wellbeing of the volunteers who support the festival.

"Our Visitor Information Centre team are working hard to ensure that anyone who has booked tickets for the festival is informed of the changes. We will refund any customers who have paid for tickets. Please be patient with the team and wait for them to contact you, they are receiving a high number of enquires and it is taking slightly longer than usual to reply to everyone."

The latest service related updates will be available on the council’s website www.chesterfield.gov.uk/coronavirus or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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