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Protesters get hot under collar over hub scheme

HOT ISSUE ... the sauna at the under-construction Hebburn hub remains an issue with protesters. Below, campaign leader Adam Naylor.

HOT ISSUE ... the sauna at the under-construction Hebburn hub remains an issue with protesters. Below, campaign leader Adam Naylor.

PROTESTERS claim they have been “ignored” over calls for a sauna rest room as part of the under-construction Hebburn Community Hub.

A petition was collected after it was discovered the new £12.8m scheme would not include a rest room.

A room is currently available at the town’s swimming pool, and campaigners claimed it is essential, since it would be a contact point for users of the new town centre, particularly pensioners.

But at a meeting of the Hebburn Community Area Forum, campaigners were given three options.

The first was a steam room and sauna – but no rest room. The second was a steam room and rest room – but without a sauna.

The third was a sauna and rest room without a steam room.

The options were not acceptable to the protesters.

One of them, Dave Davis, 69, of Glen Street, Hebburn, said: “When people go for a sauna they don’t go straight out and home. They need a rest area, It is essential.

“The so-called compromise they came up with was a waste of time. Our campaign leader Adam Naylor did a good job for us, but didn’t stand a chance against this committee.

“I am not going to spit my dummy out but I will not be using this new facility – and it’s just over the road from me.”

Coun John McCabe, vice-chairman of Hebburn forum, said the issue should have been raised “at the early stages of the hub scheme, when plans were displayed locally and people had the chance to voice their opinions.”

The Hebburn hub will include a six-lane swimming pool, learner pool, a new library, fitness suite, sports hall, dance studio, soft-play area, learning centre and cafe, plus meeting rooms and a customer service centre.

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