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The Stour Centre in Station Approach, Ashford, remains closed after last Wednesday's power cut, which UK Power Networks engineers attended

17 July 2014
by Suz Elvey

The Stour Centre in Ashford is still closed and will remain so for the foreseeable future after a power cut last Wednesday caused the fire alarm to fail. 

Ashford Leisure Trust spokesman Carole Clay said: "As a result of the power failure on Wednesday, July 16, which had a serious effect on the fire alarm system, the Stour Centre is closed until further notice. 

"The health and safety of our customers is our primary concern and we simply cannot risk that until the fire alarm system has been fully repaired, following failure caused by what initially is believed to be a surge in power.

"We are working with colleagues and contractors to ensure the facility is open as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The swimming pool at the Stour Centre

The swimming pool at the Stour Centre

The building, in Station Approach, was evacuated twice last Wednesday, once at 9.30am when the power first failed and again at 3.30pm "due to problems caused as a result of the earlier power failure," Ms Clay said.

Last Wednesday an emergency generator, based at the neighbouring Civic Centre, was switched on to power both buildings. 

UK Power Networks engineers investigated the problem and found it was caused by a fault in the Kennington area. 

Power was restored at 1.45pm last Wednesday but the leisure pool remained closed during the afternoon and the whole building was shut again less than two hours later. 

A power cut affected the Stour Centre this morning

A power cut affected the Stour Centre last Wednesday

Ms Clay added: "We continue to offer our customers alternative gym facilities at the Julie Rose Stadium and Kingsnorth Recreation Centre and have extended the opening hours at both these sites.

"Until the centre reopens both these facilities are available with a fully qualified gym instructor on site to offer guidance and assistance if required.

"We have also provided a revised and increased group fitness programme at these sites from Monday, July 21 to Wednesday, July 23 to accommodate our members."

A council spokesman said services at the Civic Centre were not affected by the blackout. 

The power problems come less than a month after the Stour Centre was evacuated following a chlorine gas leak when 150 people were forced to wait outside for two hours until it was safe to return to the building.

Anyone planning to visit the Stour Centre can check for updates at or call 01233 663503.

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