Decision details

Dolphin Centre and Eastbourne Sports Complex

Decision Maker: Assistant Director Community Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To recommence the facilities below within the Dolphin Centre and at Eastbourne. Places will be via booking only with reduced capacity in areas to maintain social distancing, and with safe systems of working in place.

Dolphin Centre:
Badminton from Monday 10 August 2020
Pilates, Spinning and Circuits from Wednesday 2 September 2020

Athletics – increase in coaching sessions to a ratio of 1:8 in line with changes in England Athletics guidance (1:12 permitted) from Tuesday 4 August 2020.
Darlington Harriers Back to Track (closed door event on Saturday 20 August 2020). Darlington Harriers will provide safe systems of work and an action plan that follows England Athletics guidance for a safe return to competition. The only events that will be delivered on site will be 200m and Shot Putt and there will be no spectators allowed.
Football to commence w/c Monday 3 August 2020.
Competitive training and match play friendlies on site at Eastbourne to commence w/c Monday 10 August 2020.
In addition, competitive training and match play friendlies to be allowed on Council wide pitches from w/c Monday 17 August 2020 (casual bookings on site).

Financial/staffing/health & safety (incl virus transmission risks)/service delivery impacts/other risks and impacts considered:
There is a detailed plan to ensure customer access is controlled and safe systems in place agreed with Health and Safety and Public Health, all in line with guidance. There will be a financial impact due to reduced services and capacity.

Equality Impacts:
Additional support in place if required by any individual.


To recommence the facilities within the Dolphin Centre and at Eastbourne on the dates stated.

Reason: To continue to reopen services.

Alternative options considered:

To withhold these additional facilities but agreed to open to support the town centre/residents and continuing the process to get back to normal.

Publication date: 23/11/2020

Date of decision: 30/07/2020