One job lost as sta­dium slashes open­ing hours

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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 info@pod­

Kate Austen, of Pod­plus Sports Shop & In­jury Clinic

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