A new multimillion-pound swimming pool has been described as “disgusting” by customers – just weeks after its grand opening.

The new Splashpoint swimming pool in Worthing opened on May 1 after nearly 20 years of planning and at a cost of nearly £20 million.

The shiny new centre boasts two competition pools, a giant slide, a health and fitness zone and an outdoor paddling pool.

Council bosses have even previously hailed the attraction as a “huge success”.

But a surge of customers have taken to Facebook to air their grievance over “disgusting”

changing rooms, “rip off” charges and “incompetent management.”

Zoe Merry, from Worthing, called on other users of the social network site to join her on Thursday to confront the pool’s management.

She said: “I’m meeting with the manager. Anything to say, join me Thursday at 10am at Splashpoint.

“They need to know that at present the whole thing is a ripoff.”

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The post has received nearly 60 replies from other Splashpoint and Fit4 users – the pool’s membership service.

Among the scores of responses, one user said: “Can you mention cleanliness of changing rooms.

“I was there at 6.30am Thursday and there was something absolutely disgusting that I am embarrassed to say on fb!!”

Another poster identified himself as a previous employee at the pool’s now redundant predecessor – the Aquarena.

He said: “The council has no idea about the needs of the community.

“All they are interested in is leaving a legacy. The cleanliness is unacceptable.”

Other users complained about long waiting times to use the pool, closed swimming lanes and inconvenient opening times.

A spokeswoman for Worthing Borough Council said the authority was aware there were “some issues with cleanliness” but assured customers it was doing its “utmost” to address them.

She added: “We strongly believe that the cost for Fit4 membership is competitive and good value for money.

“Splashpoint has catered for 54,000 visits in the first month compared to 21,000 at the Aquarena in the same month last year.

“There is approx 780m2 of pool water compared to 600m2 at the Aquarena and the pools have much more flexibility being split into three areas with two of them having moveable floors.”