Former South Tyneside swimming pool to be demolished

April 1978   South Shields Leisure Pool  Temple Park
April 1978 South Shields Leisure Pool Temple Park

The wrecking ball is set to come down on an abandoned swimming pool in South Tyneside.

Council chiefs have revealed plans have been submitted to demolish the pool section of Temple Park leisure centre in South Shields.

Temple Park leisure centre in South Shields is set to have its pool demolished.

Temple Park leisure centre in South Shields is set to have its pool demolished.

The popular attraction, which was opened in the 1970s, was one of the first to have a wave machine in the region which was enjoyed by scores of youngsters.

However, the pool was closed in October 2013 where residents were given the chance to have a farewell swim for just £1.

It’s replacement was the £16m Haven Point pool and leisure complex in Pier Pavilion, South Shields, which was opened later that same month.

The demolition work, subject to planning approval, is due to start this winter - but the John Reid Road leisure centre will be open for business as usual.

Demolition is scheduled to start in the winter

Council spokesman

Once the pool section is gone the lad will be landscaped to fit in with the surrounding area.

A spokesman for the council said: “We plan to demolish the disused pool section of Temple Park leisure centre and landscape the area.

“However, this decision does not affect the rest of Temple Park Centre which will remain open with minimum disruption to users.

“A planning application has been submitted and is in the early stages of the planning process. Subject to planning approval, demolition is scheduled to start in the winter.”

This means there will be more green space added to Temple Memorial Park which was gifted to the people of South Shields in recognition of their efforts during World War two.

In recent months the land has courted controversy after South Shields Cricket Club proposed plans to built a sports club on the site which would included tennis and squash courts.

However, after much objection from The Friends of Temple Memorial Park, the plans were pulled in February.