Storm Arwen in South Tyneside: Haven Point set for partial reopening

Haven Point is set to partially reopen after being damaged during Storm Arwen, council bosses have confirmed.

Friday, 3rd December 2021, 2:34 pm

The leisure centre on South Shields seafront will open its doors again on Saturday, December 4, albeit all services will not be available.

The building was closed due to substantial roof damage caused last weekend, and further adverse weather in the following days hampered the speed of repairs.

However, South Tyneside Council has said that remedial work has been done on the roof, allowing it to reopen safely. Further repair work will continue into next week.

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From Saturday, the main 25m swimming pool, teaching pool, gym and fitness spaces will be available to the public from tomorrow and members can book their sessions online as normal.

However, the leisure waters and associated flumes, will remain closed next week for further repairs. It is hoped this area will reopen from Saturday 11 December.

The Santa’s Grotto due to open from tomorrow will go ahead as planned with families who have booked a visit.

Cllrr Joan Atkinson, Deputy Leader at South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “While the icy conditions had hindered efforts to repair the roof at Haven Point any earlier, we are really pleased to be able to get the centre back open to the public within a week of the storm damage.

“Although the leisure waters remain out of use at this time, we are delighted that the main pool and teaching pool as well as a full gym and fitness programme are available for people to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming back visitors.”