HEBBURN councillors aim to take the heat out of a sauna row in the town.
A petition has been collected after it was discovered the new £12.8m Hebburn hub scheme will not include a sauna rest room.
Such a room is currently available at the town’s swimming pool, and campaigners claim it is essential, since it would be a contact point for users of the new town centre hub, particularly pensioners.
Campaign leader Adam Naylor has blasted the absence of a sauna rest room in the hub scheme, calling the design omission “disgusting and wrong.”
Mr Naylor has asked Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn to intervene.
But now it’s been revealed the issue of the ‘missing’ sauna rest room will be debated by Hebburn councillors.
The issue was discussed at a private business meeting of town members today, and will be on the agenda at a public meeting of Hebburn community area forum, at the Iona Club, in Station Road, Hebburn, on Monday, June 9, at 10am.
Coun John McCabe, vice-chairman of Hebburn forum, said: “A lot of people are clearly upset the rest room is not a component of the new Hebburn hub scheme. I’m no expert on saunas, but members will be briefed about the issue at our business meeting today, and then the matter will be on the agenda at the next Hebburn forum, on June 9. We need to see if such a room can be included in the hub scheme at this late stage – or not.”
Mr Naylor described the rest room at the current sauna as “simply a way of life” and “a social hub”.
Coun McCabe added: “This matter is not being ignored and will be discussed at the next Hebburn forum. But it seems a shame that this issue was not 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 comprise 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.