A popular leisure centre and community hub is closing with immediate effect.
Brentwood Centre has today announced it will close from October 28.
A message on the leisure centre’s website states: “It is with regret that we have to announce the immediate closure of the Brentwood Centre.
“The trustees and senior managers have been in good faith discussions with Brentwood Borough Council (BBC) since July in trying to find a way to keep the services open and protect the jobs of all associated with the business.
“As we believed we were still working in good faith we continued these discussions until Wednesday, October 21.
“In spite of a deal agreed in principle this has been subsequently rejected by BBC.
“Following further meetings on October 26 and 27 with no resolution the Trustees have been left with no option other than to wind up the business with immediate effect.”
An identical post has been shared on Facebook and you can see the full post below:
It appears that the council has made a decision earlier in the month not to offer any further support for the Leisure Trust.
This news has been met with an outcry of sadness from members of the public.
One resident said: “Very saddened to hear this. Shortsighted decision by the Council.
“The gym, pool, Brentwood Festival, Concerts, Shows, a massive loss to the town.”
With others echoing their message stating how sad they are.
In the Facebook post the Brentwood Centre is asking people to email their local MP and the council.
The post finishes with “The Brentwood Centre is bigger than all of the above people and organisations and with your support we are confident of ensuring a swift resolution and funding to allow it to re-open.”