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Is Sunderland City Council right to scrap its sunbeds?

LEISURE chiefs are scrapping the last sunbed at a council-owned centre.

Sunderland Council has announced it will remove its last tanning facility after a review of popularity, maintenance and energy costs.

The news came as the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) lambasted councils which continued to provide sunbeds despite their link with cancer.

Councillor Dave Allan, responsible for health, defended the authority’s record on protecting the public’s wellbeing.

“The health and well-being of all of our customers is of paramount importance to us,” he said.

“We are members of the Sunbed Association, and we have a range of procedures which limit use of the sunbed and are in accordance with the association’s guidelines.”

Coun Allan said the council now only had one vertical tanning bed, at the Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre.

He said: “However, after a recent review of the popularity of the sunbed and the energy and maintenance costs to operate it, we are now in the process of removing it.”

Sunderland was the focus of a campaign by Cancer Research UK last year, after a recent survey by the charity showed 50 per cent of girls aged 15 to 17 in the city use sunbeds.

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