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Yobs force health spa into closure

PUBLISHED: 16:29 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour has forced bosses to close a health spa despite a £1million redevelopment boost. Management at Beckenham Spa, in Beckenham Road, shut the health suite last Tuesday due to two assaults on staff and frequent yob behaviour. In May loc

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour has forced bosses to close a health spa despite a £1million redevelopment boost.

Management at Beckenham Spa, in Beckenham Road, shut the health suite last Tuesday due to two assaults on staff and frequent yob behaviour.

In May lockers were broken into and £330 stolen, staff say.

Bromley Mytime and Bromley council invested £1.3 million in Beckenham Spa last year.

But already the health suite, that includes a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, has fallen into disrepair.

Gym user Clive McDonald, 35, from Beckenham, said: "I feel sorry for the elderly users. They've got a raw deal.

"I can find another place pretty easily, but they won't find the change to their routine and extra travel as simple.

"They've been completely overlooked by a top-down decision."

Bromley Mytime said the suite had fallen foul to yobbish behaviour that could not be controlled by hired security guards.

Police were called on April 23 when a 22-year-old employee was allegedly punched in the face by teenagers, but the case was dropped.

Brian Turpin, spokesman for Bromley Mytime, said the £1.3 million invested in the centre had been spent on exercise and children's 'buzz zone' facilities.

He said: "The new buzz zone and the new gym have been popular and we are pleased that those investments for health benefits for the people of Beckenham."

The health suite will be closed for up to three months while its future is deliberated. Bromley Mytime said it is too soon to say whether it will be closed permanently.

Alternative health suites are available at the Walnuts centre, Orpington, and the Pavilion centre, Bromley.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk


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