One job lost as stadium slashes opening hours
ONE job has been lost and opening hours slashed following cutbacks at Ashford’s Julie Rose Stadium.
Redundancy consultation, that ended last Friday, had threatened two out of 15 jobs.
One duty officer has been made redundant while an admin worker was redeployed.
Chief executive Emma Wood explained that the cuts were the effects of the recession and having to adjust to seasonal demand.
The new hours, which include the loss of the bulk of Saturday and Sunday afternoons, start on January 2.
They are: Mondays and, Wednesdays 8.30am to 9pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm to 9pm, Fridays 8.30am to 7pm, Saturdays 8.30am to 2pm and Sundays 9am to 2pm.
The existing hours, are Mondays to Thursdays 8.30am to 9pm, Fridays 8.30am to 8pm, Saturdays 8am to 6pm and Sundays 9am to 5pm.
Managers Ashford Leisure Trust say hours will re-extend for athletics events in the summer periods and all regular bookings will be unaffected.
DESPITE cutbacks to the stadium’s opening hours, the independent Podplus Sports Shop & Injury Clinic based at the stadium says it will remain open as usual.
Kate Austen, the founder and owner of Podplus, which is within the stadium building and faces on to the trackside, said: “It is not ideal to be operating within a closed building but there won’t be any access issues for the public in reaching the shop, and we will continue to offer a full service to anyone who aspires to be active.
“Even though the Julie Rose Stadium will not be open to the public, Podplus will continue to operate as normal and will be open Monday to Saturday from 10am. Appointments for clinical services including physiotherapy, podiatry, sports massage are also being taken as normal.”
Podplus can be contacted on 01233 660851 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Austen, of Podplus Sports Shop & Injury Clinic