Leaks causing buckets of bother in Sunderland car park

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A LEAKING roof is leaving pedestrians having to dodge the buckets as they head from a car park into Sunderland city centre.

The Echo counted 14 buckets lining the indoor public walkway route between St Mary’s Car Park and High Street West.

They have been put in place to catch rainwater coming through the glass roof at various different points.

Council bosses say repair works are planned for “this year” but were unable to confirm a date.

Unhappy shoppers said the buckets gave a “bad impression” for those coming to visit the city centre.

Mary Winters, 67, of Boldon, said: “There’s even buckets on the steps so I was a bit cautious about tripping as I came down.

“At first I saw one bucket, then two, then they were all lined down the walkway.”

Michael Thomas, 39, was visiting the city centre on business from Stockton. He said: “It’s a bit of a mess and there’s a lot of signs warning you about slipping on the floor.

“I visit Sunderland quite a bit, but usually use the car park attached to The Bridges so I’ve never noticed this before.” Shoppers say the sight of buckets along the walkway is not unusual.

Andrew Lawson, 22, of Farringdon, said: “There’s always leaks but I’ve never seen it as bad as this before. I guess with all the cuts they’re struggling to pay for repairs.

Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “A programme of remedial works to the links between St Mary’s car park and the High Street is planned for this year following discussions with neighbouring businesses.”