South Shields leisure centre partially reopens after burst pipe

This is the sign which had been in place at Haven Point.
This is the sign which had been in place at Haven Point.

A South Shields seafront leisure centre has partially reopened after a burst pipe forced its closure yesterday.

Haven Point, in Pier Parade, was shut by council chiefs after they confirmed a pipe had burst.

However, the swimming pool at the centre, as well as the dance studio, are now back open as normal, while the fitness suite remains closed.

The building was opened less than three years ago at a cost of £16million.

Signs on its door yesterday stated that it was closed due to technical difficulties.

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: "The centre was closed yesterday when a hot water pipe in an upper plant room above the gym burst, spilling water all over the floor.

"The damage to the gym area needs to be assessed and repairs made to equipment before it can be opened."

Coun Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader with responsibility for Leisure and Culture, said: “We appreciate that in the last week of the school holidays, the closure of the centre – and in particular, the pools – was frustrating but we have pulled out all the stops to re-open the centre today.

“We will do all we can to re-open the gym area as quickly as possible but the damage to electrical equipment needs to be assessed for safety before we can open the doors to the public. We would ask for patience while this vital work is carried out.

“In the meantime, people can use our other facilities at Hebburn Central, Temple Park and Monkton Stadium.”