A SWIMMING pool was unable to open on Monday due to "extensive flooding", the council has said.

The Prince Regent Swimming Complex in Church Street, Brighton, suffered significant damage due to a flood which happened over the Easter weekend.

Brighton and Hove City Council said the complex will require extensive repairs before it will be safe for residents to use the facilities.

A spokesman said: "We understand this will be a disappointment to those that use the facilities, but we have been given assurance that the other six leisure centres and gyms in the city have opened as expected on Monday.

"These include King Alfred Leisure Centre and St. Lukes Swimming Pool and customers that would normally swim at Prince Regent are able to use these facilities in the interim.

"Freedom Leisure are also working towards relocating as many swimming lessons and clubs as is possible to these pools, to limit the inconvenience to their customers.

"We are working hard with Freedom Leisure to look at the quickest and safest options in terms of the repair works.

"Whilst the exact timetable for the works is still to be determined, we will make every effort to enable re-opening for Step 3 of the central government’s re-opening on May 17."

Darryl Keech, Freedom Leisure area manager said: “It’s so disappointing to not reopen Prince Regent as we were very much on track and looking forward to Monday.

"We hope customers will use King Alfred and St. Lukes until such time as we can reopen Prince Regent.”