Don’t throw those buckets away yet

HAVEN POINT ... the �16m swimming pool needs to close for repairs, just a year after it opened.
HAVEN POINT ... the �16m swimming pool needs to close for repairs, just a year after it opened.

LIKE a legion of Shields folk, I am delighted to boast to visitors about our new Haven Point Leisure Centre.

Myself, being of an age when during the ‘50s our Mortimer Road junior class trooped down from school to Derby Street baths to be taught by Mr John Mordue, I can vouch for the immeasurable enhancement that these wonderful new facilities have created.

Alas, we oldies in particular have had to sacrifice, some would say, a ‘vital convenience’ at this location – that is, the public conveniences which stood, with all brass fittings gleaming, adjacent to the new Haven Point complex.

On making this “good news, bad news” comment to the duty staff at the information centre within the complex, I was informed, “No sir, the public are allowed to use the toilet facilities here in the complex.”

Planners and designers, where are the ‘public convenience’ notices advising our new visitors, day trippers, of this important information?

I shall cut to the quick:

Put in place the information notices here requested, and I shall donate £100 towards their cost.

The £16m complex is currently under a ‘planned maintenance programme’, a reader recently reported ...‘buckets collecting water in the reception area’.

Please don’t throw away those buckets yet – we oldies may need ’em!

Peter Dutton,

By e-mail.