Sports centre ‘partially’ reopens after ‘substantial’ Storm Arwen damage repairs

South Shields sports centre set to open again after Storm Arwen damage.

A South Shields leisure centre is set to partially reopen after being forced to close its doors due to Storm Arwen.

Seven days after the storm, which saw winds of more than 90mph hit the region, works have finally been completed allow Haven Point Leisure Centre to partially reopen to the public on Saturday, December 4.

The building was closed due to substantial roof damage caused by the unprecedented Storm Arwen event last weekend.

Although ongoing adverse weather has hampered the speed of repairs, remedial work has now been carried out on the roof to enable the centre to reopen safely. Further repair work will continue into next week.

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 anticipated this area will reopen from Saturday 11 December.

South Tyneside Council deputy leader, Councillor Joan Atkinson, said: “The council’s teams have been working around the clock in extremely challenging conditions dealing with the devastation left by Storm Arwen and significant progress has been made across the Borough.

“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.”