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High wind roof damage causes new £26m Dover District Leisure Centre to close

By Eleanor Perkins

The new Dover District Leisure centre has been forced to close today after the roof of a neighbouring business has been damaged.

The closure has been advised by emergency services who have shut part of Honeywood Parkway in Whitfield for safety reasons.

Its understood that high winds have ripped solar panels from the roof of LoknStore, situated next to the £26 million facility which opened less than two weeks ago.

VIDEO: Solar panel flying down street. Credit: Ricky Mackintosh

The panels and other debris have been captured flying along the paths surrounding the businesses, posing a safety risk to customers.

A statement on Dover District Leisure Centre's Facebook page said: "Our centre has now closed and will be shut for the remainder of the day due to a neighbouring buildings roof being compromised in the high winds.

Debris from the roof of LoknStore continues to be moved around by the high winds Picture: Rebecca Moseling‎ (7663345)
Debris from the roof of LoknStore continues to be moved around by the high winds Picture: Rebecca Moseling‎ (7663345)

"The closure has been advised by the fire brigade and of course the safety of our staff and customers is absolutely paramount.

"We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and hope to reopen as usual tomorrow. Thank you."

The new Dover District Leisure Centre has been forced to close less than two weeks after it opened.
The new Dover District Leisure Centre has been forced to close less than two weeks after it opened.

LoknStore, which opened in December, has also confirmed it is shut today.

It has reassured its customers that no items stored have been affected by the damage to the building.

Police have been approached for further information.

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