MOD dismisses criticism over soldiers being charged for showers at Tower Hamlets leisure centre
The Ministry of Defence has hit back following criticism that soldiers were charged �1 for using shower facilities at a leisure centre in Tower Hamlets.
It comes after leader of the Conservative group at Tower Hamlets Council, Peter Golds, was reported as branding it “outrageous” that soldiers were being charged �1 for showering at St George’s Pool in Shadwell.
The military drafted in to help provide security at the Olympics Games are currently setting up camp at nearby Tobacco Dock, a disused shopping centre.
A MOD spokeswoman said no soldiers had complained about being charged for the showers and that they would all be reimbursed by the army.
She said: “A small group of solders went to set up their base today including shower and toilet facilities.
You may also want to watch:
“As the facilities were not yet ready they went to the leisure centre to shower.”
But Tower Hamlets Council has now said it will provide free showers at the leisure centre.
- 1 'Grenfell Tower'-type cladding still not removed from New Providence Wharf after 3 years
- 2 Cops break Covid-19 rules to have haircuts at Bethnal Green police station
- 3 Whitechapel murder victim named as teenager charged with killing
- 4 Murder arrest after woman stabbed to death in Whitechapel this morning
- 5 Covid hero who did charity walk in Bow aged 100 now has vaccine
- 6 Leyton Orient boss Embleton could rotate team for Bolton trip
- 7 Man sentenced after teenage boy groomed on Snapchat to sell heroin
- 8 Police e-fit expert retiring after 15 years at Bethnal Green
- 9 'It must be urgently addressed': New research into BAME Covid impact
- 10 Lovely Day for Aldgate School picked to sing on Billy Ocean's new single
A spokeswoman said: “This morning representatives from the army requested the free use of our facilities at St. George’s and John Orwell Leisure Centres for troops based nearby.
“We are conscious of the contribution they are making to safety at the Games and are very happy to accommodate their request.”
Around 2,500 soldiers will be housed in Tobacco Dock.