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PUBLISHED: 16:56 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010

Bexley
05-08-08
Eltham Leisure Centre
Complaints about centre falling apart
Kelvin Yousfeman with his twins, l/r, Kaan & Samed 5

Bexley 05-08-08 Eltham Leisure Centre Complaints about centre falling apart Kelvin Yousfeman with his twins, l/r, Kaan & Samed 5

CHILDREN S feet are being cut by sharp slip-proof tiles in a state of the art leisure centre, a father has warned.

CHILDREN'S feet are being cut by sharp slip-proof tiles in a state of the art leisure centre, a father has warned.

Kelvin Yousfeman, 55, of Archery Road, Eltham, noted a catalogue of errors with the brand new Eltham Centre whilst taking his twin sons Kaan and Samed to swimming lessons.

The flagship Archery Road leisure centre has an eight-lane swimming pool, gym and library, and has attracted almost a million visits since it opened last November.

But Mr Yousfeman said he has found used tampons on the floor of the unisex changing rooms, muddy floors, and faulty appliances and fittings.

And his five-year-old sons' feet were sliced open by pool-side tiles.

He said: "There was blood coming out into the pool. The council gave us plasters and we signed the accident book.

"The second time it happened a week later I asked for the book but they said it was mislaid. Most of the facilities seem to be installed on the cheap."

The banker also noticed faulty hot taps were left running for weeks before being fixed, and one son was trapped in a cubicle with a defective lock.

Annoyed, Mr Yousfeman complained to Eltham councillor Spencer Drury.

Mr Drury, leader of the opposition, said: "At first I thought it was just teething problems. But I've now had various residents complaining.

"The council doesn't seem to want to admit there are problems because it is a flagship project of theirs."

The Eltham Centre has been hailed a great success after being completed on time and within budget.

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said the centre would be a "magnet for young people" when she visited in April.

Greenwich council refused to reveal how many complaints the centre had received, but said a survey showed the tiles were no rougher than they should be.

Works are due to be carried out on the family pool but not because children were cutting their feet, a spokesman said.

He added: "We will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that pool users can enjoy the beach area safely and responsibly.

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